I just received an email from an FFL that I have done business in the past with. He is also a lawyer here in Florida. I thought I would post the content of the email for others in this forum to read and comment on. I did contact him and received permission to reprint his email. In my humble opinion he does make some good points. Please note that he is referencing Florida and the laws that apply here.
Happy Independence Day!
"As we take time to celebrate the enormous freedoms we enjoy in this country, it seems like a good time to talk a bit about the Constitution and the new federal legislation that I presume would be of some interest to those on this email list.
Guns have this weird effect on us. We constantly think about government intrusion when we think about guns. I am as strong a believer in the Second Amendment as you will ever meet…I don’t think I need to justify or explain my gun ownership to anyone. It is the Second Amendment (and not the Tenth or the Fourteenth for a reason). But any mention of gun regulation sends the gun lobby into the ceiling. For all of my adult life, I have heard the NRA and others say “they” are coming to take your guns. I’m certainly not discounting that the lobbying efforts from them and others have not done some good work, but forty years later, it still hasn’t happened. Yes, there was an assault weapons ban for a period of time, but it ended about 20 years ago and was such a bad idea that it’s now a third rail in any gun control discussion. How can the same people on the one hand say President Biden and the Dems barely have sense to get in out of the rain and on the other that they are going to mastermind this great conspiracy to take away our guns? Hard to reconcile, but is food for thought.
So, let’s talk about something that actually did happen, the new federal legislation. First though, as a Florida resident, ask yourself if you have had any real concerns or roadblocks to buying a gun in the last several years here in the Gunshine State. The answer is likely no. And if you answered no, you can hang tight….nothing for you is going to change under the federal law.
Uvalde, Texas; 19 children and 2 teachers dead at the hands of a mentally unstable person. Yes, he used a gun, in fact the dreaded “assault weapon.” Such a tragedy of course begs for a call to action. If you see something like that and you don’t think changes need to be made to who can get their hands on a weapon legally, then you also have to then believe that the losses there were an acceptable consequence of the laws we have. Not sure anyone can rationally take that stand. But in the past, action has always been focused on the gun, not the mentally unstable part. That has now changed.
For the first time I can remember, Congress actually decided to look at changes on more than just the gun. No bans, no confiscations, no limits on what you can buy or own, but rather some fairly straightforward legislation to help keep guns out of the wrong people’s hands.
NO NEW RED FLAG laws. Instead they set up grants for states to establish them. Do they work? Hell yes. How do we know? Florida has had a Red Flag Law since 2018….passed by a Republican state legislature and signed by Republican Governor (now U.S. Senator) Rick Scott. It allows law enforcement to petition the courts when they believe someone is a danger to themselves or others. If the court grants the petition, law enforcement can take away firearms and ammo for up to a year. At the end of that time, unless the court extends the period, the person can get their stuff back. Some of Florida’s hardest core sheriffs (Wayne Ivey, Grady Judd, etc.) have all agreed the laws work and they have saved lives.
NO PROHIBITION ON BUYING A GUN UNDER 21. Nope, just an enhanced background check for those 18-21 before they can get a gun. Where is there an outright ban on buying a gun under the age of 21? That’s right, Florida. And that 2018 change in the law has had virtually zero impact on gun ownership in the state. If a parent wants to get a gun for a child under 21 (but over 18) they can… but that little wrinkle adds a bit of a safety check and any rational safety check to me is a good one.
More money for YOUTH GUN SAFETY TRAINING and MENTAL HEALTH programs. I have long said that unless you deal with the mental health side of the situation, all the gun laws in the world won’t do any good. Look at Chicago, you add the toughest gun laws in the country, and then very little to zero spent on gun safety and youth mental health, and the toughest gun laws in the country produce the most gun violence on a daily basis in the country. The new law adds real dollars ($ 5 to 8 billion with a B) that will hopefully help.
When you break it down, the new legislation is a win. It also tightened up who can legally sell firearms as a dealer, closed a domestic violence loophole that let some folks get guns even under a DV order and enhanced penalties for gun trafficking. Already, the Republicans who voted for it are being called traitors, betrayers of the Second Amendment, scum. It’s a shame. Think about it…they voted against what they likely knew their base would want, they knew they would be scorned, even threatened, and the NRA would put them on the “list”, jeopardizing their political futures. Yet, they still voted their conscience instead of walking the party line. Personally, I think we need to get back to a place where compromise and moderation are not dirty words. I applaud them for standing their ground on ridiculous bans, magazine limits and the like and instead getting some good work done. Think carefully about who calls them traitors…chances are they’re trying to sell you on a concept that only works if we keep everyone stirred up. Where are they on proposing things they think could work and help and getting behind those issues rather than just constantly crying out in opposition? Be smarter than that."
Strong Persuader Arms
1011 N. Wymore Road
Winter Park, Florida 32789