A group of Floridians, probably funded by Bloomberg’s purse, want to introduce a petition that “Prohibits possession of defined assault weapons” in the 2020 elections. As we all know, the term “assault weapon” is malleable and adaptable to the moment they want to use it. Here is the definition according to the petition:
1) Definitions a) Assault Weapons – For purposes of this subsection, any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun capable of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition-feeding device. This subsection does not apply to handguns. b) Semiautomatic – For purposes of this subsection, any weapon which fires a single projectile or a number of ball shots through a rifled or smooth bore for each single function of the trigger without further manual action required. c) Ammunition-feeding device – For purposes of this subsection, any magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device for a firearm.
Top of my head, a bunch old and new self-loading .22LR rifle out there will suddenly become assault weapon. From the Marlin 60 to the Ruger 10-22 to even the despised Remington Nylon will be officially “weapons of Mass Destruction” as in the hyperbolic parlance of the Gun Control fascists.
Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody has petitioned the FLSC to block the measure explaining that the proposed ballot language is “clearly and conclusively defective,” She goes on.
Specifically, the ballot title and summary do not inform Florida’s electorate that, by defining “assault weapons” as “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun capable of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition . . . in a fixed or detachable magazine,” the amendment would ban the possession of virtually every semi-automatic long-gun. To be included on the ballot, the sprawling practical effect of the amendment must be revealed in the ballot language. Because that effect is not revealed, the ballot language is deficient.
Here is the title and summary:
The ballot title for the proposed amendment is:
“Prohibits possession of defined assault weapons.” The ballot summary for the proposed amendment states:
Prohibits possession of assault weapons, defined as semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device. Possession of handguns is not prohibited. Exempts military and law enforcement personnel in their official duties. Exempts and requires registration of assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to this provision’s effective date. Creates criminal penalties for violations of this amendment
She goes on to indicate that the title and summary do not inform the demand for a firearm registration (currently illegal under the law, and in my opinion means it will eventually have to be removed and Floridians could be forced into a full firearm registration) and this last part was amazing for me to read:
Finally, the ballot language and summary do not reveal that the amendment, if passed, would not merely “[c]reate0 criminal penalties for violations” of the assault weapons ban but would also grant the Legislature plenary authority to increase (but never to decrease) the severity of those penalties.
So if the initial penalty of “X” years and $”X” in penalties are not deemed effective, the legislature can just go ached and crank it up to 11 if necessary. Maybe even pay attention to those in the Gun Control mob who demand the death penalty for Gun Owners and NRA members
As usual don’t tale my word, but go read straight from the source.
And if you care, drop a couple of lines of support to the AG via the Citizen Services Contact Form. You can alos leve a message via phone at the switchboard ( 850-414-3300) or Citizen Services (850-414-3990).