Miami, Florida –-(Ammoland.com)- Anti-gun activists descended on the Broward County Board of Elections office in Fort Lauderdale to present 200 signatures for certification on Monday.
The group called Ban Assault Weapons NOW is hoping to get a measure for banning so-called “assault weapons” on the 2020 ballot. The group will need to collect 766,000 more certified signatures. While not impossible, this will be a tall task for the group.
What Ban Assault Weapons NOW considers an “assault weapon” is any semi-automatic rifle or shotgun capable of holding more than ten rounds. This proposal would be a de facto ban on almost every semi-automatic rifle on the market. The ban would contain a grandfather clause although the law would prohibit the owners of those firearms from transferring the guns to anyone else in the state.
Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student turned anti-gun activist, David Hogg, was among those that presented the signatures to the board. Hogg is a controversial figure who in the past claimed that clear backpacks violated student’s First Amendment rights while advocating taking away a person’s right to bear arms.
According to members of the Ban Assault Weapons NOW group, they are not advocating taking away anyone's guns. Americans For Gun Safety Now is one of the subgroups of Ban Assault Weapons NOW. Their spokesperson insisted that they are not trying to take away anyone's Second Amendment Rights.
“Our bipartisan coalition is not trying to take anyone's guns or Second Amendment rights,” said Ann Marie Milano, of Americans For Gun Safety Now during a brief statement after turning in the signatures. “We are simply trying to keep the grade of military-grade assault weapons in the hands of military and law enforcement who are trained to use them.”
Gun rights advocates disagree with the premise that Ban Assault Weapons NOW is not trying to take away anyone's guns. According to Greg Pruett of 2ndamendmentactivist.com and the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance taking American’s guns is precisely the group's goal.
“Gun control advocates have long claimed they don't want to take our guns away,” Pruett told AmmoLand. “Yet these same individuals, who want AR-15's, AK-47's, and hundreds of other weapons banned, refuse to admit how those weapons are going to be removed from citizens. If we aren't allowed to have them anymore, it is confiscation under the threat of law.”
David Hogg even once said that he wanted to start a group like the NRA, but with the opposite mission. This statement is a smoking gun to a lot of gun rights groups.
Ban Assault Weapons NOW might not be as grassroots as they want to appear. AmmoLand has uncovered that they use BFF Compliance the same consulting firm as other far-left groups such as Miami Dade Citizens for Progress and Florida Future.
Looking over the PAC's records show that most of their donations came from some high-profile Democratic donors. Donald Sussman donated $100,000 to the group. Sussman is known for spending $22.8M in a failed attempt to get Hillary Clinton elected as President.
Americans For Gun Safety Now gave the group $75,000. Almost all the small donations that the organization received are from out of state which begs the question, do the people of Florida really support this proposal?
The organization also paid a California company $75,000 for petitions. In the filing Ban Assault Weapons NOW did not explain what that means.
From March of 2018 to the end of last month the group has collected $460,823.89 and spent $339,330.26 in their effort of collecting 200 signatures. This works out to be $1696.65 per signature.
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