Florida groups launch ‘assault weapon’ ban ballot drive

Gun Laws, Politics & 2nd Amendment, Second Amendment

The groups, an outgrown of the advocacy wave that surged following the Parkland shooting in the state, are moving towards a voter-approved gun ban in 2020. (Photo: Americans for Gun Safety Now)

Two organizations have allied to put a constitutional amendment on Florida’s 2020 general election ballot to ban certain firearms and their magazines.

The groups, Americans for Gun Safety Now and the unambiguously-named Ban Assault Weapons Now, said in a joint statement released this week that they were formed during the advocacy wave that surged following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead in the state in February. Working together, they hope to gather enough signatures to put the initiative in front of voters for a yes or no vote that, if successful, would enact a statewide ban.

“The assault rifle, and its ability to fire approximately one hundred rounds a minute, can be purchased legally with no proof of training, no background check, and no regulations what so ever,” said Gail Schwartz, BAWNs chair, and the aunt of Alex Schachter who was killed at Parkland. “Our goal is to take military-style firearms off the shelves thus saving the lives of innocent people.”

Both organizations, with a small social media footprint and few independent events under their belt, are facing an uphill battle. The groups would need to gather 766,200 signatures from registered Florida voters through an approved petition process to put the amendment on the state’s 2020 ballot. Once there, state law requires that a constitutional amendment has to gather 60 percent of the vote to become law, rather than a simple majority.


A previous attempt by the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence at a ballot initiative in 2016 for the 2018 election fizzled while several moves to bring a ban about through the Florida Constitutional Review Commission, which met for the first time in 20-years this March, were unsuccessful.

Dems in the Florida legislature have fought hard for bans on a wide swath of semi-auto firearms in following the Pulse nightclub attack and after this year’s Parkland school shooting with Republicans rebuffing the effort both times. In this year’s rhetoric-charged gubernatorial race, many of the most high-profile Democratic candidates for the office, to include former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, have strongly endorsed gun bans as part of their platform.

Opposing the voter initiative in Florida, often described by some as “The Gunshine State” for its relaxed firearm laws, would be entrenched national and local Second Amendment organizations. Similar efforts to enact gun bans via the ballot box in Oregon fell apart earlier this year after a series of lawsuits from pro-gun advocates while a better organized $4 million push in Washington was only allowed to proceed after the intercession of the state supreme court.

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  1. They are not assault rifles, which are already unavailable to the general public, but semi automatic sporting rifles. And it is likely that you could not fire 100 rounds per minute. I wish that someone would put the the facts out there.

    1. 1-MAC -unfortunately a LOT of pro-gun groups already HAVE put out the correct info. And yet there are willing dupes who continue to perpetuate wrong info. We constantly get badgered by deceptive advertising and far too many ‘believe’ those ads and what they see on the teevee and in the movies.
      NOT picking on you but your “unavailable to the general public” phrase sort of falls into that category. Yes, true “assault rifles” – ie selective fire – have been heavily regulated – since NFA ’34 and even more so since the Hughes Amendment to FOPA ’86. Anyone that can pass the required background checks and get the permission ‘slips’ from batfe (and wait for many months) AND has the big bucks to do so can acquire one. OTOH, I guess that eliminates most of us ‘commoners’ 😉

    2. The ATF banned assault weapons back in 1934 so just what are you calling assault rifles? Do you even know? You need to read the dick act of 1902. Liberals have a habit of telling lies to get what they want and calling a AR-15 a assault rifle is a big lie. It is semi only and not select fire. The normal person cannot tell the difference between them unless you know where to look( ie. the third trigger pin).

    3. Facts don’t matter to them! Such notables as Dianne Feinstein purposely confuse the definition (e.g. the recent Kavanaugh hearings) to get loosely defined laws passed so that any and all semi-auto firearm can be defined as an ‘assault weapon’ to ban.

  2. OK! What do you not understand about “THE SECOND AMENDMENT SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. Is the state of Florida just plain stupid?

    1. I have no doubt that the Dimwitocrats in Florida are being advised by the California Dimwitocrats Pelosi, Feinstein, Maxi-Pad Waters, Boxer and a few more. Losers, one and all!

  3. I am starting a new Political Action Group called E.M.I.L.F.O. (Eliminate Moronic Ignorant Lawmakers From Office). First in line…Gail Schwartz

  4. When any nation mistrusts its citizens with guns, it is sending a clear message. It no longer trusts citizens because such a government has evil plans” – George Washington

    The best personal defense aid is equitable or superior to whatever may be used against me, you, or us!!!!!. One might want to ask or consider the reasons why so many settlers fled Europe or their other homelands? The 2nd amendment was ratified to ensure the public would be equipped to fight against an army (British generally at that time) and to ensure the greedy whims of the monarchy would have no power in the new world.

    The purpose of the 2nd amendment was to ensure the wealthy didn’t tyrannize and take advantage of the poor to the point of war or revolution in which you-know-who loses and remains or becomes enslaved. It’s only a matter of time before history repeats itself in this young nation as it did so many times “across the pond”, and the framers knew this.

    Since the Bill of Rights was written Crony Capitalist monopolies (The Deep State Globalists) have been growing. They didn’t acquire their wealth through philanthropy; they are definitely out to get us and that’s not paranoia, it’s just a simple fact of life. Now, lobby groups generally promote interests of the 1% whom basically own the government in a progressively increasing and obvious way.

    When government officials rely on corporations for their career’s stability, and that when these corporations decide they’re capable and ready to enslave the masses [including those government officials], will you/me/we have the personal defense aids necessary to defend our freedom in this modern technological age, or will you/me/we be stuck with rusty armor?”

    We go back to the simple question of “What part of “shall not be infringed” do these Leftopathic Corruptocratic Globalists not understand”? Any law restricting ownership of any firearm written since 1791 is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and therefore technically unenforceable !

    ”Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”

    1. Right on..Semper Fi…I’m a Nam vet .Our Evil doer Govt creates false events like the Gulf of Tokin resolution to get us into wars, makes $$$ profits, False flag 9-11 was an inside job used to go to war and pass the Patriot act , FEMA, TSA, NSA, Homeland Security and other freedom bashing agencies and we’re suppose to thrust the Deep State..aka..Shadow Govt.

  5. Well if they would just ban democRAT’s the mass shootings would go down by at least 80%
    I do believe that would be a better solution.

    1. Varmint – and regulate how many spoons, knives, and forks any one person can have as well since we all know those kitchen utensils in common use are the proximate cause of obesity 😉

        1. No not really. Yes they sound silly on the surface but the principle is the same. If people getting fat or diabetes is a national problem then ban soda pop, candy etc… The same thought train.

  6. Is this society losing their collective mind. What is so difficult about “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. Just because something resembles an assault weapon doesn’t make it one. Semi automatic is a far reach from full automatic. Maybe people should look this up on one of their electronic devises and see the difference in the two. How about deaths from other methods and leave the Second Amendment alone. Has education failed them all? Give me a BAR, full auto M14, M16, Thompson machine gun, etc., etc.. Then if I’m not licensed for them worry. I’m ashamed of the stupidity led by the few rich to get their way. Put that money towards the real problem—People not a weapon that does nothing until someone uses it wrong!!!!

    1. Too bad we can’t force the rich to live with out guns. Un armed security, un armed police. Un armed secret service…. Bet Bloomberg sand the rest would cry like bitches.

  7. The Bloomberg..Rent A Protest ..50 shades of ignorant crew march to disarm the little people so their Globalist Totalitarian bosses won’t have any resistance to their dystopian One World Govt. Now all semi auto’s are labeled “Assault weapons” I had a real assault weapon in Nam. It was an M 16 machine gun. They’re illegal to sell in the U.S. so why do inner city gangsters have them? The truth is the black market will supply anyone who has the $$$. Molon Labe. We’ll fight these sons and daughters of Satan until Hell freezes over..then we’ll fight’em on the ice.

  8. These anti gun Florida groups just continue the lie that an A. R.-15 a fully Automatic Assualt Rifle. They are liars and the truth is not in them. The Armlite Rilfe model 15 is a semiautomatic Rifle nothing more it can be used in the hunt or for defense and as proven it can be allowed into the wrong hands due to Obama’s Promise Program. But painting it what it is not is still lying to the public. As the Antigun crowd continues spread a lie hoping they will get enough people bamboozled into believing their lies over the truth.

  9. How many of you people out there know the definition of an assault weapon/ Probably none that weren’t in the military. Our own U.S. Military defines an assault weapon as being capable of the following. And if doesn’t match that description then it is just another semi automatic sporting rifle.
    So Here goes and for those of you out there that can’t read well I will pu it all in caps for you.


    Stallin, Hitler and many just like them knew and said that the way to control YOUR SUBJECTS is to take away their ability to protect themselves and family. Tyrannts one and all

  10. Banning certain types of so called Assault Weapon’s is not going to stop Anyone from doing what they our Hell Bent on doing in the first place. The last time a So called Kid use a Shotgun & a Revoiver but was Stopped by an Armed Guard or Police 👮‍♀️ Officer who Imediately engaged him and stopped him cold. The solution is being Pro Active and immediately responding an engageding the shooter and neturlizing him or her forthwith. No waiting around, first in seek out and engage the shooter/shooters. Step up Police patrols & Presents in School districts as well as beef up security at all the school’s as well. Limit the number of enterences & Exit’s. Also install cameras through out the school’s as well as all teachers have a panic button on them at all times. Practice drills and locking down the class rooms and baracading all class room doors 🚪 or equip with roll down barriers. This will slow down anyone and keep the hallways from becoming clogged and making it easy to shoot at multiple kid:s all at once. These are common sense measures and will help Greatly to thwart an Assult on the kid’s and Staff/ Teachers as well. And if possible Armed Guards at key point enterences tp the school . No one will be so anxious or brave if they know that these safe Guards are in place because they our Cowards in the first place! AMEN 🙏

  11. soros backed initiative to further ban all fire arms is evident here. The decent citizen is being deceived by these anti gun forces. soro’s old boss adolph hitler banned all jewish people and socialist’s from owning guns.What is happening here,soros is backing antifa a radical left wing/ socialist group,into violent take overs.
    .Whats next antifa standing at voting sites preventing people, especially the old , elderly and infirm from voting.Allowing those who cannot vote to enter and vote.Do I smell an attempt possibility at a socialist/communist take over of Democratic government attempt.I know as wild as it may seem.look ans seen where this is leading.???just my opinion???

  12. It is Illegal and UN-Constitutional to even think of using a popular vote of the people to infringe any Constitutionally Protect Right. Any such law is Null and Void, as if it were never passed. It is ILLEGAL, I don’t care how you package it. Its ILLEGAL as hell, but most if not all of these idiots have a clue as to how our Constitution and Bill Of Right work, or the reason for them. I would even take it further, they don’t care as long as they get what they want. That is pure democracy, in which we are NOT one. America was founded a Constitutional Republic. A democracy is Two wolves and a sheep deciding whats for dinner. I know if you tried to take some right that is dear to these idiots heart they would whine like a little school girl

  13. ANY object that is used to assault someone and harm said person IS AN ASSAULT WEAPON! ANY object used to harm someone becomes a weapon! Even a gun is NOT A WEAPON UNTIL USED AS A WEAPON!
    People are hysterical over something that does not exist!
    The loudest just happen to be the most ignorant!

  14. There aren’t any assault firearms allowed the “general” public since 1989. In order to get a fully automatic firearm cost many dollars and profiling actions by the Federal Gov’t.

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