Friday, March 16, 2018

Broward County may put an assault rifle ban on ballot

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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To put a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines on the November ballot or not – that’s the question at hand for the Broward County Charter Review Commission, the Sun Sentinel reports.

The 19-member board in Broward County – where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down his former classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last month, killing 17 – is meeting Friday to discuss whether to go through with adding certain gun measures to the ballot.

If the charter amendments are to be left up to voters to decide when election season rolls around later this year, it would take approval from 13 of the 19 board members.

But that’s where it gets tricky. If the county's board members were to actually make such a striking move, they’d almost certainly find themselves in Florida’s legal crosshairs, since state law bars local officials from enacting their own gun measures. You know, for the sake of freedom and liberty and less regulation and all the other thinly veiled GOP whatnot.

Worst-case scenario: Florida fines the living hell out of Broward County officials or they’re removed from office for violating state law.

Best-case scenario: Orange County as well as other counties and municipalities across the state fall into the stride alongside Broward County if the move actually works.

The gun control measures currently under consideration by Broward County officials don’t stop there either. Also included: a ban on the sale of items that can turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons and a ban on gun shows taking place on Broward County-owned property.

This scenario seems like a hero move – or at least an attempt at a Hail Mary pass – on the Broward County board's part, right? ... But not quite.

Elected officials aren’t heroes; they’re public servants. And in this case, it seems like those public servants are actually trying to do their job.

Then again, this is the Gunshine State, so we shall see.

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