Florida Supreme Court Shoots Down Proposed Assault Weapon Ban
Things haven’t gone as planned for Florida liberals pushing for an unconstitutional constitutional amendment.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday axed a proposed constitutional amendment to ban possession of so-called “assault-style weapons” from the 2020 ballot. The amendment itself was an effort from survivors of the 2018 Parkland school shooting, who did have some earlier success in changing Florida’s gun laws. Most notably, Florida had raised the age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21 and banned bump stocks.
The group behind the proposed amendment “Ban Assault Weapons NOW,” released the following flier promoting their cause:
However in this case, the mere wording of the ballot amendment was enough to render it unconstitutional.
According to the Washington Examiner:
In a 4-1 decision, the court ruled Ban Assault Weapons NOW’s 75-word ballot summary “affirmatively misleads voters” by contradicting broader text in the proposed amendment.
“Specifically, the next-to-last sentence of the ballot summary informs voters the initiative ‘exempts and requires registration of assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to this provision’s effective date’ when, in fact, the initiative does no such thing,” the majority opinion said. “Contrary to the ballot summary, the initiative’s text exempts only ‘the person’s,’ meaning the current owner’s, possession of that assault weapon.”
To be fair to “Ban Assault Weapons NOW;” at least they’re aware that the only way excessive gun control is getting passed in America is by lying to the public. Too bad for them most people know better.