Saturday, March 10, 2018

Politics: Boiling the Frog

I've tried to keep politics out of Shangrila Towers over the years, because you're always alienating someone, but Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 yesterday.

I wager that most of the people agitating for gun control will never read the amended statutes, much less any of the state and federal gun laws already on the books. They'll be content that someone "did something" about "gun violence," without worrying how a law impacts millions of gun owners who respect the rule of law and don't want to become accidental felons.

I understand the NRA has already sued to stop the minimum age requirement. That's a start, but every gun owner should read these new laws anyway (and it's not just Florida - lots of states are passing all sorts of unconstitutional nonsense like this). Take your kid to the range. Teach a 19 year old college student to shoot. The Second Amendment is nice, but a long-term generational shift is the only way to stop our rights from being infringed.

Section 790.065(13) - A person younger than 21 years of age may not purchase a firearm. The sale or transfer of a firearm to a person younger than 21 years of age may not be made or facilitated by a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer. A person who violates this subsection commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. The prohibitions of this subsection do not apply to the purchase of a rifle or shotgun by a law enforcement officer or correctional officer, as those terms are defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9), or a servicemember as defined in s. 250.01.

Section 790.222 Bump-fire stocks prohibited.—A person may not import into this state or transfer, distribute, sell, keep for sale, offer for sale, possess, or give to another person a bump-fire stock. A person who violates this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 741 775.083, or s. 775.084. As used in this section, the term “bump-fire stock” means a conversion kit, a tool, an accessory, or a device used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire such semiautomatic firearm unassisted by a kit, a tool, an accessory, or device.

I don't even know if I own what is defined as a "bump-fire stock" - the law is so ridiculously vague that it could encompass a lighter replacement pistol slide, a heavier trigger return spring, or any one of a thousand common gun parts, not to mention a rubber band

And I will tell you this - I am not turning in my rubber bands.


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