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Florida Rep. Files Bill to Repeal Last Year’s Republican Gun Control Law

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Florida’s gun control status quo is about to get a shakeup.

State Representative Mike Hill just introduced HB 175 which would roll back the gun control package former Governor Rick Scott signed into law in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas Shooting.

The Stoneman Douglas Shooting, in which shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people, gave anti-gun activists a massive boost nationwide. Amid the gun control hysteria, Florida politicians were pressured to do something. Instead of standing with gun owners, Rick Scott signed SB 7026 into law that raised the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 along with other restrictions.

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Florida’s mass shooting created a significant ripple effect across the nation as numerous states followed suit with their own red flag laws and bump stock bans. With Democrats now in control of the U.S. House, they have wasted no time in introducing a Universal Background Check bill of their own.

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However, gun owners are not content with sitting on the sidelines. Mike Hill’s HB 175 represents a firm pushback against the Florida Republicans who decided to placate the anti-gun media instead of doing what’s right.

HB 175 repeals the following:

  • The unconstitutional mandate that forbids millions of law-abiding adults age 18-21 from purchasing a firearm.
  • Red flag gun confiscation orders that have already been used to strip hundreds of Floridians of their firearms without due process.
  • The waiting period on firearms purchases that delay many individuals the right to protect themselves and their families.

Not only would HB 175 correct the anti-gun shenanigans from 2018, but it will also serve as a springboard for other pro-gun legislation to emerge.

Gun owners should keep an eye on what’s happening in Florida.  With new Governor Ron Desantis, who stated that he would have vetoed Scott’s gun grab, we may see a strong pushback against gun control.

Time will only tell if Hill and other pro-gun representatives can muster enough support to repeal Rick Scott’s gun grab. Nevertheless, the 2019 Florida State Legislature will be host to one of the most closely watched state fights against gun control.

Gun owners must remember that state level politics should never be ignored. This is where aspiring politicos cut their teeth in. To beat back the federal gun control status quo, we must first start cleaning up our backyards. Florida would be a great place for gun owners to cut off anti-gun momentum.

 

 

 

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LA County Sheriff Wanted to Ban Gun Sales After He Released Criminals Early, But Got SHUT DOWN

The Sheriff’s gun store closure was shut down.

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The Sheriff of Los Angeles County is ordering all gun stores in his jurisdiction to close as part of the state’s crackdown on public activity in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic. He’s also releasing more than 1,000 non-violent offenders from the county’s jail system.

Villanueva doesn’t seem to have let up on anti-gun sentiment as the concerned public seeks to arm themselves in unprecedented numbers. He earlier called the notion of purchasing a gun in the midst of the epidemic a “bad idea,” stating that the general public couldn’t be trusted to posses guns safely while they’re restricted to their homes in quarantine.

It wasn’t enough for him to merely discourage the public from arming themselves. As of Tuesday, the sheriff has ordered all of the gun stores in his county to close as nonessential businesses. Villanueva has been designated as the Director of Emergency Operations by the county, leaving decisions such as gun store openings up to his discretion.

He’s combined his shutdown of gun sales with a release of 1,700 non-violent inmates from county jails.

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Villanueva’s combination of a crackdown on legal gun acquisition and the release of real criminals from the justice system seems like a textbook method to inspire concern among the general public, especially considering his sheriff’s department has ceased to make arrests for many petty crimes during the epidemic.

But according to the sheriff, it’s new gun owners who can’t be trusted with responsibility. He slammed other state and county politicians for the handling of the state’s comprehensive shelter-in-place order. He claimed elected officials were undermining his deputies tasked with enforcing the order.

UPDATE:

Villaneuva’s effort to close the county’s gun stores has been shut down upon intervention of the county counsel.

Villaneuva was unapologetic about his move to shut down gun stores in the midst of the pandemic, claiming the surge of new gun owners represented a great danger that necessitated their closure.

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