Florida House to Congress: Don’t take our gun rights

Florida House to Congress: Don’t take our gun rights

Florida Republicans rallied without Democrats around a House Memorial on Thursday that formally rejects President Joe Biden ’s gun control efforts. The proposal ( HM 1301 ) is intended to express the Legislature’s stance against Biden’s gun control proposals, calling the measures “unconstitutional.” Supporters said Biden has made it clear that he wants to restrict gun rights and Congress needs to know Florida will fight any such effort. “The president during his campaign and subsequently has made comments that several of us feel are alarming and indicate that he may be predisposed to taking an unconstitutional action regarding the Second Amendment,” said Republican Rep. Spencer Roach , who added the memorial will serve as a “deterrent” to the federal government. Further, it declares the Legislature’s intent is to use “all lawful means necessary to resist and overturn any federal gun-control measures that violate the right of Floridians to keep and bear arms.” While directed at Biden, the memorial does not list any specific gun control measures. The memorial instead rejects any proposals “forthcoming at the federal level to restrict the right to keep and bear arms.” Democrats repeatedly asked the bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Jason Shoaf , to cite a specific measure. “It makes me feel like this memorial is more about scaring Floridians than it is engaging in an honest constitutional debate. There have been no actions that the bill sponsor can point to that restrict our important rights under the Second Amendment, but there have been multiple […]

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