Commissioner Says Teachers Already Carry Guns, Marijuana Card Holders Banned
REGIONAL – As the debate over how to protect our children from becoming victims of a mass shooting heats up across Florida, one local gun shop owner and public official, says more gun laws isn’t the answer – more armed citizens is.
We spoke with Hernando Board of County Commission Chairman and owner of American Gun and Pawn, Steve Champion, who explained that imposing more regulations on law abiding citizens does nothing to prevent a criminal or mentally ill person from committing mass murder. “The sad part, and the Sheriff said this the other day, I know you don’t want to hear this, but it probably will not end because there are evil people in the world,” said Champion.
Democrats and anti-gun advocates want to create a better vetting process for those purchasing firearms. But Champion says there is already enough regulation on law abiding citizens – it’s the Government that isn’t using the information to prevent criminals from purchasing firearms.
Champion showed us a standard ATF firearms transaction form that must be completed by every person who purchases a firearm. There are approximately 14 questions posed to applicants, like have you ever been convicted of a felony, have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective or committed to a mental institution, are you a legal U.S. citizen, and one question regarding the use of marijuana that most would-be gun purchasers may not be aware of.
Under Federal Law, marijuana is still illegal and is considered a schedule 1 Controlled Substance. Despite States that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, a user is forbidden from possession or purchasing a firearm.
Florida recently legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes and issues cards that permit the purchase of marijuana from certified dispensaries, but card holders will be denied the purchase of a firearm and could face a misdemeanor charge if caught in possession of both.
During Tuesdays BOCC meeting, Commissioners John Allocco and Jeff Holcomb suggested improving the infrastructure and “barriers” as an additional deterrent from “evil doers.”
Champion isn’t opposed to the idea but says it will take a combination of changes to protect our children. “If you go to a courthouse, you have one way in and one way out – do you hear about any incidents there,” Champion asks. “At my gun store – one way in one way out. Yes, is it a little inconvenient but we get used to it.”
Democrats suggest adding metal detectors at all schools but the cost of purchasing and manning the devices is not only prohibitive in most districts, but Champion says, “Metal detectors aren’t going to help you. “If there’s nobody armed, the whack job is just going to shoot whoever’s there. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” says Champion.
Democrats also want to ban “Assault Rifles” or semi-automatic long-rifles, as they are properly termed. Champion compared a wood stock long-rifle that fires the same size round and capacity as the “Scary looking” AR-15. Democrats use terms like “Assault Rifle” to scare people, when in reality, it is no different than other guns and fires a much smaller projectile than your average handgun, according to Champion. The AR-15 fires a .223 which is just a small step above a .22 cal.
Champion blames Liberals for politicizing every terrible tragedy that occurs, and Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre echoed champion’s sentiments during a press conference in National Harbor, Maryland earlier today. LaPierre said, “It’s a bizarre fact that our jewelry stores are more important than our children – our banks, our airports, our NBA games, our NFL games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians – they’re all more protected than our children at school – does that make any sense?”
LaPierre blamed the new European style socialist Democrats who have “seized control of the Democrat party. . .” LaPierre mocked Democrats, stating “Do we really love our money and our celebrities more than we love our children? . . .we protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at our so-called gun free zone schools that are open targets for any crazy madman bent on evil to come there first.” LaPierre says, “Lets remove it from the white house, Capitol Hill and all of Hollywood.”
Champion sells a lot of firearms to teachers and says, “I know for a fact that teachers already carry at school.” Although he supports their right to protect themselves, he reiterates that he doesn’t condone breaking the law.
In recent days, schools across the region have been inundated with false reports from students threatening to “shoot up schools.” So far, none of the “pranks” have led to violence but law enforcement agencies are on heightened alert and patrols are being stepped up.
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