Florida AG accused of Lying
About "Assault Weapons Ban"

By Dean Weingarten. August 6th, 2019
Original Source

In a recent video on politics at wtsp.com, the station plays quotes from the Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Chair of Ban Assault Weapons Now, Gail Schwartz. The Attorney General says the initiative is deliberately deceptive, a trick. Schwartz says the AG is lying. From wtsp.com:

In a letter to the court submitted Friday, Moody called the language in the proposed amendment "misleading," saying the court should move to keep the matter from voters. She argues that the proposal goes far beyond banning so-called assault weapons and could also ban the possession of all semi-automatic long guns.

Backers of the proposed amendment fired right back, saying the attorney general was the one being deceptive.

"She is intentionally lying about our amendment to Floridians. We are not looking to ban anyone's hunting rifles, that would be absurd," said Gail Schwartz, Chair of Ban Assault Weapons NOW's committee. "I think it's pretty obvious that the attorney general is afraid of bringing this issue directly to the voters."

Who is lying? Here is the wording of the ballot petition proposed to be added to Article 1 Section 8, Right to Bear Arms, of the Florida State Constitution. Spacing has been slightly changed to make the provisions more readable. The original format can be viewed at the source. From dos.elections.myflorida.com:

e) The possession of an assault weapon, as that term is defined in this subsection, is prohibited in Florida except as provided in this subsection.This subsection shall be construed in conformity with the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court..... .....

While this issue described may relate to Florida - it also highlights the perceived effect of the media's excessive high profile reporting on mass murders, and the potential for encouraging the 'copycat'' effect. The paranoia over 'assault' style weapons continues unabated.


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