Inspired by Pulse, Orlando Democrats seek assault-weapons ban in Florida

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January 7, 2017

Two Orlando lawmakers want Florida to ban assault-style weapons in the wake of the shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub seven months ago, but in a conservative-leaning Legislature, their idea is unlikely to get any traction.

State Sen. Linda Stewart and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, both Democrats, introduced legislation Thursday for lawmakers to consider in the upcoming 2017 session; the bills (SB 254 / HB 167) both include a detailed list of specific guns and “parts that convert a firearm into an assault weapon”– such as large-capacity magazines — which would be prohibited under their proposed law.

The plan would make it a third-degree felony, with some exceptions, to sell or possess an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine, among other restrictions imposed. Smith and Stewart announced the legislation at a press conference in Orlando.

“Assault weapons are the gold standard for mass murder. They are weapons of war, designed for war and have no place on our streets or in civilian hands,” Smith said in a statement provided by the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. “We all have the right to defend ourselves and our families with a firearm, but nobody needs military-style assault weapons to do it.”

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Walter Flatt says:

    EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD EXCISE THEIR RIGHT TO OWN AND BEAR WEOPENS ACCORDING TO THE 2ND ADMENDMENT AND START CARRYING GUNS. IF THE PEOPLE AT THE CLUB AT BEEN ARMED, NOT SO MANY WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED. SAME WITH WACO TX. CALIF., ETC GET THE POINT.

    MASONS AND ALL TAX EXAMPT ENTITIES IT IS PAST TIME TO QUIT PLAY ACTING AND START WORKING TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY, LIKE MASONS DID THE FIRST 60 YEARS. BEFORE MUSLIMS TAKE US OVER AND STOP US HERE.

    I AM A 32 DEGREE MASON, WITH NEARLY 60 YEARS OF SERVICE AND I CAN TAKE A STAND. A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53. I AM ASHAMED OF WHAT JOHNSON’S TAX EXAMPTION CLAUSE DID FOR THIS COUNTRY.

    IF OUR FIRST PRESIDENT, GEORGE WASHINGTON A MASTER OF HIS LODGE TOOK A STAND, SO CAN YOU AND IF YOU DO NOT, YOU ARE TRYING TO DESTROY MY COUNTRY. HE DID NOT HIDE.

    NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL TAX EXAMPT ENTIES, SUCH AS THE MASONIC LODGE, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MOOSE, ELKS,AND ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES TO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET, FIND OUT ABOUT PEOPLE RUNNING AND ADVISE THEIR PEOPLE THE TRUE STORY SO THAT THEY CAN VOTE FOR THE MOST QUALIFIED.

    TRUMP HAS SAID HE WOULD DO AWAY WITH WHAT THE TAX EXAMPT DEAL THAT JOHNSON PUT ON, KEEPING TAX EXEMPT ENTITIES FROM TALKING POLITICS.

    WE MUST FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY OR LOSE IT, THE MUSLIMS ARE TRYING TO TAKE IT OVER AND THE BIASED MEDIA AND POLITICIANS ARE TOO STUPID TO TELL THE PUBLIC.

    IF WE DO NOT STICK TOGETHER AS A UNIT, THEN WE ARE DONE FOR. THE AMISH PEOPLE VOTED AS A UNIT FOR TRUMP AND GAVE HIM PA., OH., MICH., IOWA, FLA., NEARLY VA., AND HELPED IN IND. THIS SHOW WHAT CHRISTIAN PEOPLE CAN DO WHEN WE STICK TOGETHER.

    GOOGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015. WE CAN CHANGE THE DIRECTION OUR COUNTRY IS HEADING.

    MASONS HAD 14 PRESIDENTS AND 18 VICE PRESIDENTS, THE FIRST 100 YEARS AND WE DESIGNED WASHINGTON, DC. BUT BECAUSE OF A PLAN BY JOHNSON TO TAKE AWAY OUR TAX EXAMPTION WE ARE NOT ACTIVE IN POLITICS.

    TRUMP SAID HE WOULD DO AWAY WITH THE ABOVE LAW.

    I VOTED FOR TRUMP. IF YOU GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, YOU WILL KNOW WHY.

    A LAW WAS PASSED IN 1952 BANNING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY. LET US HOPE AND PRAY TRUMP ENFORCES THIS LAW.

    PRAY FOR PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP EVERY DAY. HE WILL NEED US TO OVERCOME THE EVEL OF THIS WORLD.

    GRAND LODGE IN WASHINGTON, AND GRAND LODGES IN EACH STATE HAD BETTER WAKE UP OR WE WILL LOSE ALL PRIVELAGES IF THERE IS A MUSLIM TAKE OVER AND SO WILL ALL TAX EXAMPTS.

    BELIEVERS IN CHRIST STICK TOGETHER, THIS IS WHAT MILLIONS AMISH PEOPLE DID. 30 LEADERS MEET IN OHIO WITH 3 MILLION AND VOTED THAT ALL WOULD VOTE FOR TRUMP. THERE COULD BE 20 MILLION AMISH IN THIS COUNTRY.

    THIS IS WHAT GAVE HIM OH, PA, MICH, FLA, IOWA AND HELPED IN IND AND NEARLY GAVE HIM VA.

    FOLKS IF YOU DO NOT THINK GOD WAS INVOLVED IN THIS ELECTION, I SUGGEST YOU THINK AGAIN.

    I BELIEVE WE HAVE BEEN SET UP BY HILLARY, OBAMA, KERRY, SOROS, AND THE BIASED MEDIA AT A TRY FOR A MUSLIM TAKEOVER, IF NOT, WHY ARE THERE A MINIMUM OF 37 MUSLIMS CAMPS IN THE USA, (5 IN N. VA. CLOSE TO DC) AND A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO, TAKE OUR GUNS, BRING IN THOUSANDS OF YOU MUSLIMS. GET READY FOLK. PUT PIG GREASE ON YOUR BULLETS.

    OH, I HAVE KEEP RECORDS OF ALL THINGS THAT HAS HAPPENED THE LAST 8 YEARS AND HAVE FACTS AND FIGURES IF ANY OF YOU PEOPLE DOUBT ME.

    SHARE, SHARE, SHARE THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    LOL…LOL…LOL…YOU LIATARD IDIOTS….WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A ASSAULT RIFLE?..GOT NEWS FOR YOU..A AR-15 “SEMI”-AUTOMATIC IS “NOT” A ASSAULT RIFLE UNDER WEAPONS DEFINITIONS…..A M-16 “FULLY AUTOMATIC” IS A ASSAULT WEAPON USED BY THE MILITARY AND THE POLICE, ALSO NATIONAL GUARD “IS”…LETS TAKE THE DEFINITION STILL FURTHER: A SEMI AUTOMATIC YOU HAVE TO PULL THE “TRIGGER” EACH TIME TO FIRE….WITH A “AUTOMATIC” ASSAULT WEAPON YOU ONLY HAVE TO PULL THE “TRIGGER ONCE” TO “EMPTY” THE “MAGAZINE.”….THE ONLY CIVILIANS ALLOWED TO OWN A “ASSAULT” WEAPON (M-16) IS A FEDERALLY LICENSED ARMS DEALER…SO GET YOUR DEFINITIONS RIGHT…THEN MAYBE YOU WON’T LOOK LIKE THE IDIOTS THAT YOU ARE…..

  • Climax says:

    Do these representatives even listen to themselves? A person can be killed with any kind of gun, that is what they were originally designed to do, is kill the enemy, game, sport and protection. ANY kind of gun can kill. What stops the killer, knowing that they will be killed as well. I do not advocate that everyone should have a gun, but trained individuals who have the proper credentials should be allowed to carry ANYWHERE. If such a person had been in Pulse that night, the death total would have been significantly less as the shooter would have been taken down immediately. Gun Control only shows how stupid our political leaders are and how they become lemmings of the elect who know full will well that a population that does have weapons can protect themselves form the Omni present threat of elect power grabbing and control of the country. Who do you think is behind the gun grabs and control? People that claim to be Democrats but are basically Socialists. Look at the major cities around the nation who have the strictest gun control laws around like Chicago, New York, Atlanta, etc and then compare their crime stats with cities who no gun control. Criminals have the same fears of getting killed and avoid places the deem a threat. Proof: Look at the crime statistics of Kennesaw Georgia before and after the requirement to have a gun in the house was passed.

  • Carline D. Long Jr. says:

    This very tactic by denocrats is why the real problems never NEVER get fixed. This was about Terrorism and NOT Gun Control. Failing to address the root cause enables it to continue!

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      And that’s just what the left wants!

  • the whistler says:

    It is my understanding that the gun used in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting was a semi-automatic 9mm or similar weapon. Notice how the MSM is hardly mentioning that….I can only presume that they are hoping that ‘Assaault Weapon’ is implied. I am not a weapons expert but it is my understanding that the term ‘Assault Rifle’ ( actually attributed to Hitler…which I presume makes the MSM believe it makes the phrase more dangerous) is the actual only military definition . ‘Assault Weapon’ appears to be a Democrat/MSM derivation of the actual military term , intended to add an aura of melodrama to an inanimate object. I do know enough about guns and have used them enough to verify EVERYTHING from a single shot .22 caliber Derringer up to a .50 caliber sniper rifle can kill a person. I would also include slingshots, bows&arrows, ricin coated bb’s, darts coated with poisons, throwing knives, sharpened bamboo ,etc. can also kill people and be launched rapidly.
    I truly believe that the Founding Fathers truly meant ‘shall not be infringed’ when they wrote the 2nd Amendment…since they obviously were articulate enough to write ‘ subject to reasonable ( whatever that means…talk about a term that is ambiguous) constraints as determined by the Federal, State, County, or Local Anti-American Government as they deem necessary in their GOD like powers. So long as these same people can have armed security with any weapons they desire ..so that they can more easily kill the citizens to maintain control.’
    See how easy that was…I am in no way as intelligent as the geniuses that formed this Country…and even I could do write that!!!!

  • TexRancher says:

    It had to be democrats (now really socialists) who want to outlaw “look-a-likes” because weapons such as AR-15s are NOT assault weapons so they play word games and add the “style” so they can promote their anti-gun bias as law! These crooked anti-Americans are to C.S. to admit that what they really want is ALL OUR GUNS to make this country safe (For socialists to take over and enslave us).

    News for them; IT WON’T HAPPEN! Real Americans don’t give up their guns and real Americans don’t try to take them. Real Americans will continue to keep enough guns to protect ourselves! (From them if necessary)

    Note: AR-15s and other similar weapons are GOVERNMENT APPROVED SEMI-AUTOMATIC weapons (which are civilian versions of the military M-16) for the retail market.

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