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Gun-Banners Misfire in Sunshine State

Mark Chestnut - June 15, 2020

A recent attempt by Florida gun-ban advocates to ban so-called “assault weapons” in the Sunshine State through a proposed ballot initiative has been shot down by the state Supreme Court.

On June 4, the court ruled that the ban advocates were trying to pass as a ballot initiative was invalid, stating that the initiative, which already had about 175,000 signatures, was both misleading and a violation of state law.

Among other concerns, the court stated: “The ballot summary informs voters that registered assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to the Initiative’s effective date are exempt from the scope of the Initiative altogether, which misleads voters to believe that any lawfully possessed assault weapons will continue to remain lawful. However, the Initiative contemplates the eventual criminalization of the possession of assault weapons, even if the assault weapon itself was lawfully possessed and registered prior to the Initiative’s effective date.”


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