Gun Advocate Shocked at Republican Lawmakers for Passing Gun Control Act
TALLAHASSEE – Yesterday’s passage of the controversial Marjory Stoneman Douglas gun control act was bittersweet for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, but some say it’s just an opportunistic attack on the Second Amendment.
The Republican Sponsored Senate Bill 7026 passed by a narrow 20-18 margin Monday, and if unchallenged in the House, it could bring major changes to Florida gun regulations.
The bill does not ban “assault-style weapons” or high-capacity magazines, but it does raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21 and requires a 3-day hold on most gun purchases. Bump stocks will be banned for sale or resell, and it gives law enforcement officers more discretion in seizing weapons from anyone threatening violence or who may have mental health issues.
The most controversial element of the bill and one that Democrats vigorously opposed is the option to allow some teachers to voluntarily arm themselves in the classroom. The proposal would require candidates to complete a total of 144 hours of combined training to qualify as a “school marshal,” and would cost taxpayers $67 million.
Outspoken Second Amendment advocate and Hernando Board of County Commissioner Chairman, Steve Champion, took to social media last night to voice his displeasure with lawmakers, he says are “Stripping Constitutional Rights from millions of law-abiding citizens.”
Champions writes, “Well everyone it’s a sad day in Florida and for our constitution! I am very upset about this!” He goes on to say, “Know that there is no excuse in not standing your ground!!!! Our only hope is that the House will vote this down… which is highly unlikely!!!” Champion says he spoke to Rep. Blaise Ingoglia who voted against the bill in committee, but says he is extremely disappointed in Senator Wilton Simpson’s decision to support the bill. “It’s sad for Hernando County and our State,” says Champion.
In response to Champion’s post, Joe Swilley writes, “So I guess 18 year olds are not allowed to join the military in Florida? Since they can’t buy a gun they shouldn’t be allowed to use one to defend our country?”
“This is heartbreaking. At 18 a young man should have the same constitutional rights as everyone else. He can die for his country, he can be married with a family to protect. . . So, why are conservatives advancing the WRONG solutions?” says Margo McConnell.
With Democrats and Republicans already at odds within their respective parties, It’s sure to be an interesting mid-term election cycle come later this year.
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