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Posted By FFL Dealer Network on 12/08/2018 in Firearm News

Florida's Proposed Gun Bans

Florida's Proposed Gun Bans

Two Florida gun grabber groups are turning their attention to the Sunshine State's voters in an attempt to pass gun confiscation measures. 


Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) is a Miami-based outfit. The mission statement says, "Congress won't act. The Florida Legislature won't act. The only way to ban assault weapons like AR-15s and other weapons of war is for the people of Florida to go to the polls and vote. This campaign will place an amendment on the 2020 ballot in Florida to do what our elected leaders refuse to: Ban Assault Weapons NOW." 

The group is trying to get a 2020 ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to band, restrict and even define "assault weapons." Here is the full text of the proposal. 

This proposal goes a further than just a magazine ban. It calls for banning guns with fixed mags, no matter the caliber. "BALLOT SUMMARY: 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," it says. 

Under this proposal, even tube-fed .22 autoloaders are banned if they hold more than 10 rounds. The list of guns to be banned here is extensive. 

Since "detachable" magazines are included, then any semi-auto rifle with replaceable mags is banned. Belt-fed semi-autos are also banned. 

Further, this proposal can easily be stretched to include any semi-auto shotgun. Put an extended tube on a Remington 1100 and stack a bunch of super short shotgun shells into the tube. That is illegal under this proposal. Shorties don't cycle reliably, but that is beside the point when gun grabbers are concerned. 

The proposal, being a state constitution amendment, overturns two state laws that prohibit the state from registering and keeping records on guns. 


Stop The Killing (STK) is the second group. Their mission is "to change the Constitution of the State of Florida to include banning the ownership of military style weapons by private persons and restricting the ownership or possession of guns by criminals, habitual law breakers, repeat abusers, and persons who make violent threats to others." 

Under federal law, most of the people with criminal offenses listed above cannot legally own a firearm. Florida law also covers this. 

Their proposal defines assault weapons as "fully automatic weapons, assault weapons, large magazine weapons holding more than seven rounds of ammunition and magazines with capacity over seven rounds." That bans pretty much all tube-fed .22 rifles whether semi-auto, bolt- or lever-action. As with the BAWN ban, it eliminates a lot of shotguns and anything with a detachable magazine. 

It defines military style as "any gun with a magazine capacity of more than seven rounds of ammunition or any weapon capable of firing in fully automatic mode, any weapon capable of being modified in any manner to fire in a fully automatic mode or any weapon classified as a sniper rifle." The venerable Mosin-Nagant in a sniper configuration is banned. An easy stretch here bans any deer rifle as there is no difference between a good scoped .308 for deer hunting or sniping except in the name. 

Non-Florida residents cannot even temporarily take such weapons into the Sunshine State under this amendment. 

The amendment seeks to amend the Florida constitution's self-defense section. The current constitution states, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law." That is removed and replaced with the STK gun ban. 

In a nod to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, STK even defines militia. "The people of Florida declare that a well-regulated militia is necessary for the security of the State and further designate the National Guard of the State of Florida and organized police forces as its militia," the proposal says.

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