Florida governor Rick Scott released his three-point plan for increasing gun safety in the state of Florida. The goal of the plan is to prevent any more school shootings such as the one that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day.
The problem is that Rick Scott’s plan is less a gun safety plan, and more a colossal gun grab that will destroy the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Floridians.
Here’s what you need to know about Governor Scott’s “gun safety plan:”
You can read Rick Scott’s plan for yourself here.
I first wrote about gun violence restraining orders over two years ago when California enacted A.B. 1014:
In a nutshell A.B. 1014 allows for the creation of a “temporary gun violence restraining order.” What that means is an individual can be barred from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition if there’s an immediate danger that the individual might harm themselves or others. A temporary gun violence restraining order can also be issued if an individual might harm themselves or others at some point in the future. California Legislative Information has the full text of A.B. 1014 on their website. The first two paragraphs essentially go into a little more detail than I did.
What are the criteria for a judge signing off on a gun violence restraining order? Essentially the threat that someone at some point MIGHT use a gun to harm others. LAPD Assistant Chief Michael Moore likens the whole thing to a domestic violence restraining order. The problem is that there is literally no expounding upon this criteria anywhere in the bill. It’s essentially left to the judgement of law enforcement officers, or the testimony of family members to determine if someone might use a gun to harm others.
Oh yes, folks, immediate family members can request a gun violence restraining order against you. When that happens there’s a hearing where a judge listens to evidence presented by the immediate family members, law enforcement, and…no one else. The subject of the order does not have to be present. The subject of the order does not have to be notified of a hearing against them. In fact there’s only two times where the subject of the order is involved-when the cops come to collect their guns, and at the end of the temporary gun violence restraining order where there’s a hearing. That means the subject has zero chance to face their accuser until AFTER the penalty has already been levied against them.
Governor Scott has shown his true colors with his unconstitutional, gun-grabbing proposal. I will no longer be supporting Scott in his run for Bill Nelson’s Senate seat.