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New Florida Gun Control Bill Will Violate First Amendment Rights on Social Media

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Florida State Senator Jason Pizzo recently introduced SB 1310, a bill that would penalize minors for posting firearms on social media.

But it doesn’t stop with just firearms. Posting BB guns or air-soft guns on social media could lead to criminal penalties for minors.

A brief summary of SB 1310’s most controversial provisions:

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(1) A minor who posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable [by up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1000].

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(2)(a) Any parent or guardian of a minor, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, if the minor possesses a firearm in violation of this section, may, if the court finds it appropriate, be required to participate in classes on parent education which are approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice, upon the first conviction of the minor. Upon any subsequent conviction of the minor, the court may, if the court finds it appropriate, require the parent to attend further parent education classes or render community service hours together with the child.

(3) Any firearm that is possessed or used by a minor in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of ….

SB 1310 is a clear violation of free speech. However, since the Parkland shooting, gun controllers have been on a frenzy to pass gun control by any means necessary. The passage of SB 7026, the most expansive piece of gun control legislation in recent Florida history, was a significant loss for Second Amendment advocates in the Sunshine State.

Since passing SB 7026, gun controllers have been been relentless in continuing to turn Florida and other state legislatures into gun control bastions. Social media is one outlet where anti-gun forces have focused on both legislatively and in the corporate boardroom in order to advance their anti-gun schemes.

With solid Republican control of the Florida State Legislature, this legislation will likely die, but it still serves as a conversation starter in the push to subvert gun rights through social media.

 

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Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020

Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.

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Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued. 

According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued. 

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”

The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”

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Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.

Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.

2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.

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