Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President
Florida – -(Ammoland.com)- Below is the letter we sent to all Leon County Commissioners today. We don't know if they will even read it since it came from a pro-Second Amendment organization. But, we thought you should have a copy.
An Open Letter to Leon County Commissioners
Date: April 3, 2018
To: Leon County Commissioners
Chairman, Nick Maddox
Vice-Chairman Jimbo Jackson
Commissioner John Dailey
Commissioner Bryan Desloge
Commissioner Kristin Dozier
Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley
Commissioner Bill Proctor
From: Marion P. Hammer
Past president National Rifle Association
Executive Director Unified Sportsmen of Florida
The National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida oppose adoption of Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley’s proposed gun control ordinance.
Commissioner Lindley says, “I realize this is symbolic in large part, but it’s also practical. And it is something that in our community we can do and I feel we need to do.” (Tallahassee Democrat 3/27/2018).
Symbolic? Hardly! We all know time is money. Current state law mandates a 3-day waiting period and this proposal would extend it to 5 days. Why? There is no legitimate reason for this ordinance. It is merely a harassment of the law-abiding gun purchasers, who live, pay taxes and vote in Leon county.
Contrary to the claims of gun ban groups, I know of no empirical evidence that a waiting period of any length stops crime or criminals. In fact, Broward County adopted the same local option 5-day waiting period years ago and it didn’t stop the Parkland shooter from purchasing a rifle, waiting 5 days, and committing mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The background check provision of the ordinance is not only unenforceable, it is a defacto tax on private sales. Individuals cannot conduct background checks. For a background check to be conducted on a private sale it must be performed by a federally licensed firearms dealer.
Both the seller and the buyer must appear in person before the dealer and surrender the gun to the dealer who must enter the gun into the store’s inventory before conducting a background check.
If the sale is approved, the gun is then transferred to the purchaser and somebody has to pay the background check fee PLUS a transaction fee of any amount the dealer wants to charge – usually no less than $30-$50.
Commissioners, it is already a FEDERAL FELONY (10 years in prison) for a private person to sell a gun to a person he knows, or reasonably should know, is not qualified to purchase a gun. As a result, gun owners are very careful when they sell guns to private citizens.
Those who try to paint a picture of law-abiding citizens rampantly selling guns to criminals are attempting to perpetrate a deliberately false impression, it is nothing less than premeditated hyperbole.
Bottom line: Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley seeks to have you adopt an ordinance based on a motion driven by gun ban groups who are shamelessly exploiting the deaths of innocent children in a crime committed in Broward County by one man who county officials knew to be dangerously mentally ill – and did nothing.
The proposed ordinance is politically motivated and punitive. It punishes the law-abiding, tax paying, voting citizens of Leon County. You should oppose it.