Do you live in Florida? Will you vote to ban assault weapons?
Chances are good that the issue will be on the ballot in 2020. Florida law allows citizens to propose amendments to the state constitution by petition. The issue can then be put before voters in a general election, provided all the conditions are met to place the amendment on the ballot.
According to FLAPOL, ballot amendments must gather 76,620 petitions to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review and need 766,200 in all to make the ballot. Ban Assault Weapons NOW and the League of Women Voters of Florida with the help of Democratic state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Anna Eskamani and U.S. Rep. Darren Soto have already turned in 103,000 signatures for a proposed assault weapon ban in 2020. The groups now expect a review of ballot language by the Florida Supreme Court.
To coincide with the petition-gathering milestone, Ban Assault Weapons NOW released a YouTube video which features firsthand accounts from victims of mass shootings.
Voters favor gun control by a wide margin. A poll from Florida Atlantic University reports that 70 percent of Florida voters favor an assault weapons ban. If you are a registered FL voter and want to sign the petition, download it here.
Should the question reach the 2020 ballot in Florida, it could lead to one of the fiercest and costliest gun control campaigns of all time. The NRA is severely weakened from internal decay, but the gun lobby will rally to oppose this.
Orange County Republican Chair Charles Hart blasted the proposed amendment for seeking to take away fundamental constitutional rights from law-abiding people. “People are suffering. They’re upset. They have a right to be upset. But I don’t think they have a right to take away a fundamental right that every law-abiding citizen has. Their suffering is immense and my heart goes out to them. But at the same token, this is a right everyone should have.”
No, it’s not.
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