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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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Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?

Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.

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The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.

Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.

However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.

“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”

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West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.

However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.

Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.

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