1st Time Gun Buyers Get Big Surprise In Wake Of COVID-19

Gun buyers get a BIG surprise when purchasing their first gun, after hearing from the news media for years how easy it is to purchase a gun.

First-Time Gun Buyers Explain How Coronavirus Changed Their Politics

Scott Kane, 38 in March, fearful of the harassment his wife and child experienced over their Asian ancestry, Kane found himself in a California gun shop. 

“This has taken me, a law-abiding citizen with nary an unpaid parking ticket to my name, over a month,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. “Meanwhile Joe Bad Guy has probably purchased several fully automatic AK-47s out of the back of an El Camino in a shady part of town with zero background checks.”

Scott Kane, California

Leon County Tax Collector Refuses To Process Concealed Carry Licenses When Reopening Office

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20200522/florida-alert-nrausf-ask-leon-county-tax-collector-to-stop-violating-constitutional-rights-and-the-law

On May 13, 2020, Leon County Tax Collector, Doris Maloy, sent out an email blast to a group of government officials informing them that she would be re-opening her offices on June 1st, but was refusing to process “concealed weapon original applications.

The following letter was sent out this morning to Tax Collector Maloy and Leon County Administrator Vince Long. This gives Ms. Maloy the opportunity to do the right thing and reverse her decision to refuse to process CW Licenses when her office re-opens on June 1, 2020.

Doris Maloy, Leon County Tax Collector: maloyd@leoncountyfl.gov
Vincent S. Long, Leon County Administrator: longv@leoncountyfl.gov

Letter from Marion Hammer to Leon County Tax Collector regarding Ms Maloy’s decision not to process concealed carry licenses . . . .

Florida – Citizens To Get Their Day In Court To Challenge Gun Law

A federal judge has refused to dismiss the National Rifle Association’s challenge to a 2018 state law that blocked people under age 21 from buying guns.

JUDGE CLEARS WAY FOR CHALLENGE TO GUN LAW

JUDGE CLEARS WAY FOR CHALLENGE TO GUN LAW
May 4, 2020Jim Saunders
TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge has refused to dismiss the National Rifle Association’s challenge to a 2018 state law that blocked people under age 21 from buying guns.
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker should dismiss the case, which challenges a law that the Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Scott approved after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
But Walker, in an eight-page decision Friday, denied the state’s request to dismiss the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January. Walker made clear that he was not ruling on the NRA’s underlying arguments that the law violates constitutional 2nd Amendment and equal-protection rights — only that the case should be allowed to move forward.
“It is important to keep in mind the narrow issue before the court at this stage of the proceedings. This court is not asked to, and does not, decide whether (the law) is constitutional. Rather, the question is whether plaintiffs’ complaint contains ‘enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face,’” he wrote, quote a legal precedent.
The law, which the Legislature rushed to pass after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, says that people under age 21 cannot buy firearms, including rifles and shotguns. A federal law already banned licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to people under 21, and the state law broadened that to also prevent private sales of handguns to people under 21, according to court documents.
“Consequently, 18-to-20-year-old adult citizens in Florida are now prohibited from purchasing any firearm from any source,” Walker wrote.
In a Jan. 21 motion to dismiss the case, attorneys in Moody’s office argued that the measure “follows a long tradition of laws conditioning the purchase of firearms on the purchaser’s having obtained the traditional age of majority — 21 years of age.” Also, the motion said that while the law prevents people ages 18 to 20 from buying guns, it doesn’t prevent them from having guns that, for example, they received as gifts.
“Florida’s age qualification is reasonably calculated to advance the state’s interest because it applies only to the purchase of firearms,” the motion said. “Any law-abiding person over the age of 18 may gift, loan, or allow the use of a firearm to an otherwise qualified person over the age of 18, who may in turn keep and use that firearm for any lawful purpose, including home defense, hunting, sport and practice shooting. The sale-gift distinction is aimed at a uniquely dangerous problem — the purchase of firearms by 18-to-20-year-olds absent the judgment of a parent, guardian, or other law-abiding adult that the individual is prepared for the responsibility of gun ownership.”
But in a memorandum filed April 17 opposing the motion to dismiss, NRA attorneys described the law as “draconian” and said it infringes on the constitutional rights of people ages 18 to 20 to keep and bear arms. Also, NRA attorneys contended that the law is not the “least restrictive alternative to achieve a compelling government interest.”
“The ban prevents the ability of all 18-to–20-year-olds to purchase firearms to exercise their Second Amendment rights — even for self-defense in the home,” the NRA memorandum said. “If the compelling interest is limiting gun violence on school campuses, the ban is not the least restrictive means because the ban encompasses all 18-to-20-year-old adult Floridians, including those who no longer have any connection to school campuses. Nor have defendants demonstrated the unavailability of less restrictive alternatives.”
Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz was 19 at the time he was charged with using a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 students and faculty members at the school. Cruz continues to await trial.
The NRA filed the lawsuit immediately after the law was passed in 2018, but the case has moved slowly, at least in part because of a dispute about an NRA attempt to allow two opponents of the law to participate in the case anonymously — an idea that ultimately was dropped, with a named plaintiff, Radford Fant, joining the case.
While Walker denied the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit Friday, he agreed to a request to dismiss Moody as a defendant. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen remains a defendant.

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Florida – Church Security Bill Moves Forward With Bipartisan Support

Concealed carry in churches, ministries, synagogues and other faith organizations legislation moves forward with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Florida House moves ahead with guns-in-church bill

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://floridapolitics.com/archives/318403-bill-guns-places-worship&ct=ga&cd=CAEYASoTNDExNDA3NjY4OTAxMzY5MTAwNTIcM2FkNTJhOTBhNWMwN2FmMzpjb206ZW46VVM6Ug&usg=AFQjCNFmqy_WiLPtdLjVbZFtqjmqFDqLCQ

However, HB 1437 requires a companion Senate bill to be considered in general session.

To make it happen, the following Florida senators need to be contacted immediately ! ! !

Senator Bill Galvano                galvano.bill@flsenate.gov   
Senator Kathleen Passidomo    passidomo.kathleen@flsenate.gov      Senator Kelli Stargel                stargel.kelli.web@flsenate.gov          

The senators above should be contacted and encouraged to include the language in HB 1437 be added to an EXISTING approved Senate bill. Senate President Bill Galvano can make it happen if he wants it to happen.

Polk County now a 2nd Amendment sanctuary county!

Polk County officially declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

Polk County joins 15 other Florida counties in becoming a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

https://www.theledger.com/news/20200121/polk-declares-itself-2nd-amendment-sanctuary

Polk declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Jan 21, 2020

The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.

BARTOW — Polk County is a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.

The vote came after 12 people spoke out in favor of the sanctuary measure. Several commissioners also indicated they received phone calls and emails from gun-rights supporters over the weekend.

Although the commission could not take an official vote during its Friday workshop, four commissioners clearly indicated they had trouble with the sanctuary language while maintaining they supported Second Amendment rights. Only Commissioner John Hall supported the entire resolution, including the language declaring Polk a Second Amendment sanctuary.

That changed Tuesday as the commission initially voted 4-1 to approve the sanctuary resolution with Commissioner George Lindsey opposing it. Later, Lindsey asked for a reconsideration of the resolution and switched his vote to affirm the commission was unanimous in supporting the Second Amendment, he said.

“I don’t want this to be a divisive issue,” Lindsey said.

Commission Chairman Bill Braswell said he changed his mind because he hadn’t realized the word “sanctuary” was the label adopted by a Second Amendment movement.

“The word ‘sanctuary’ to some of us wouldn’t be our first choice,” he said. “When I hear ‘sanctuary,’ I think of ‘sanctuary city,’ and that’s bad.”

Braswell was referring to the sanctuary city movement asking local officials not to support some of President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration and deportation policies.

Commissioner Rick Wilson agreed he reacted against the word because of its association with immigration policies.

“I don’t like the word. I wish we could change it,” he said.

Yet Wilson and the other three commissioners declined to support Lindsey’s proposal to substitute “pro-Second-Amendment county” for “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

Before the first vote on the resolution, Lindsey said he opposed including the sanctuary language because one historical definition of the word is “immunity from the law.”

“That’s the part that bothers me,” he said. “I can’t do that if there’s an implied immunity from the law.”

Lindsey pointed out he supports the Second Amendment as a life member of the National Rifle Association, a handgun owner and holder of a state concealed weapons permit. But immunity from the law “is not what we stand for,” he said.

Several of the resolution supporters appeared motivated by the so-called “red flag” law passed by the Florida Legislature following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

That law allows local law enforcement to seek a temporary court order, called a “risk protection order,” to seize firearms from persons it believes might use them against themselves or the community. Law enforcement can get an emergency order to seize weapons immediately followed by a final order at a court hearing within 14 days.

The law was passed because the Parkland shooter and many other perpetrators of mass shootings had shown behavioral signs of violence before the incidents.

“Polk County has a Second Amendment problem,” said Royal Brown III of Winter Haven, president of Winter Haven 912 Project, a gun rights group. “We lead the state in the use of the unconstitutional risk protection order, or RPO, which allows an ex parte seizure of firearms and ammunition without prior notification, without the right to be represented by a public defender and without due process based on a judge’s fear of what might happen in the future. This also violates the legal precedent of being innocent until proven guilty.”

Brown cited information from the Polk County Clerk of Courts office, which The Ledger also obtained.

The statistics show Polk did lead the state in seeking risk protection orders between March 2018 and October.

Polk sought 501 orders during that time followed by Pinellas County with 429 cases and Broward County with 393 orders sought. Only five other counties had more than 100 risk protection order cases during that time, and the state total was 2,933 cases.

The Clerk of Courts also reported a total of 525 risk protection cases filed in Polk from March 2018 through Nov. 20 with no additional state data.

Among those Polk cases, 15 petitions were denied an emergency order, or 3%. Among the 510 emergency protection orders granted, the court denied a final order in 49 cases, or 10%.

“We ask you to declare Polk County a Second Amendment sanctuary county and to be aware of the problems with the risk protection order, including conducting oversight of the RPO process until such time as it is challenged in the courts and declared unconstitutional or changed or deleted from law by the Florida Legislature,” Brown said.

Other speakers made more general arguments that the sanctuary language was needed to “send a message” to the Legislature and Congress on passing further gun restrictions. Several speakers warned of a looming socialist or communist threat to take away Second Amendment rights gradually.

“Florida came within 1% of becoming a socialist state,” said Glynda White, a Winter Haven 912 member, referring to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ narrow victory margin over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum.

“The gun grabbers are coming,” said Danny Krueger of Lake Wales.

Bob Grimes of Lakeland compared the gradual diminution of gun rights to livestock being herded into a corral.

“What happens to sheep or cattle when they’re herded into a corral? They’re headed to slaughter,” he said.

After the meeting, Braswell told The Ledger the resolution was a symbolic affirmation of the Second Amendment because state law prohibits local government from passing any legislation dealing with firearms.

For that reason, he doesn’t anticipate the commission acting on any gun-related legislation, Braswell said. “I don’t think we have any authority there,” he said. “This today was a symbolic proclamation.”

Gun Ban & Confiscation

“… if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony,”

The cat is out of the bag. What the Left really wants . . .
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s interview with CNN host Poppy Harlow, August 14, 2019
2020 Dems embrace federal gun buyback program

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s interview with CNN host Poppy Harlow, August 14, 2019

“I think we should ban assault weapons as well as large magazines. As part of passing that ban, do a buyback program across the country so that those who own them can be compensated for the money they spent,” Gillibrand said. “You don’t want people to retain [these firearms]. Because, if you make them illegal, you don’t want to grandfather in all the assault weapons that are all across America. You would like people to sell them back to the government.”

And then came the question of truth: what happens if people don’t freely give up their firearms? Poppy Harlow asked just that, positting if Gillibrand would support prosecute those who refuse to relinquish their firearms.

“So the point is, if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony,” the embattled Democratic candidate said. “The whole point is when you make it a crime to own an assault weapon, then if you are found using it, that would be the issue. So it would just be part of your law enforcement in terms of what you have access to.”

Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns

Purchase something in your local Walmart’s sporting goods department this weekend.

A coalition of unions and organizations are staging rallies nationwide
Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns.
Why Walmart is under attack by the anti-gun Left . . . .

The retailer (Walmart) also released for the first time some of the data for its own gun sales: Walmart estimates it has a 2% share of the U.S. firearms market and 20% of ammunition sales.

Counter the Left’s protest against Walmart by making a purchase in the sporting goods department of your local Walmart this weekend.

If you shoot, hunt or go to the range, there is always something you can use.

Tallahassee – Big Pro Gun Rally

It happened Saturday, July 28th in the courtyard of the Florida Capital.

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While patriotic Americans, who support the defense of the 2nd Amendment, gathered in the courtyard of the State Capital, an opposing group, March for Our Lives gathered only blocks away.  Numbers for the two groups were similar.  However there was on striking difference between the two groups.

One group gathered to show support for the 2nd Amendment and every American’s right to self-defense and the other group gathered to gain support for their effort in restricting Floridians’ rights to own the firearm of his or her choice and self-defense.  One group wants to preserve every American’s Constitutional rights and the other group wants to have those rights eliminated. 

One group was entertained by live music, singers and dynamic speakers.  Opening ceremonies included the Pledge of Allegiance the live singing of the National Anthem, by Krystal Walters .   The other group marched in the street, after a closed-door, round-table conference, led in chants by organizers using megaphones.  At their rally site, attendees were entertained by angry speakers shouting political, anti-Constitution rhetoric and anti-gun talking points.

Which group was which, view the photos below and draw your own conclusion.

 

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By far the most powerful and motivating speaker at the rally – Mark Robinson . . . .

Click here to hear Mark’s July 28th Rally speech.

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