By: Teresa Mull
If some gun control advocates have their way, Florida will soon be looking like some of the most anti-gun states in the nation.
Broward County Democratic state Senator Gary Farmer and east Orlando state Dem. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith are sponsoring bills for the 2021 session that would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of assault weapons or large capacity magazines.
So-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” are, of course, highly regulated in California, New York, and New Jersey – some of the worst states for gun owners. California tops the list with 109 laws on the books restricting firearms (according to a report by Boston University).
Representatives from Ban Assault Weapons Now spoke to reporters recently about their gun control goals.
“There is no justification for a civilian owning weapons designed for war. As long as killers can purchase weapons designed for mass carnage, our loved ones will never be safe,” one anti-gun commentator said.
D.J. Parten, Executive Director of Florida Gun Rights and the Senior Regional Director for the National Association for Gun Rights, says his organization has solid support for the Second Amendment and is prepared to push back.
“This legislation is just another attempt by Michael Bloomberg and his cronies in Tallahassee to turn Florida into the next gun control haven like California or New York,” Parten said. “Since both Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson have a record of voting for radical gun control like ‘Red Flag’ Gun Confiscation, I have very little faith that they would oppose a California-style gun ban like this. But I do have faith in the fact that Florida Gun Rights and our members are mobilized in support of our rights and can stop any gun control scheme that rears its ugly head.”
Teresa Mull (email@example.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.