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NRA works against Second Amendment Preservation Act in Florida

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The NRA is perceived by the American public as a protector of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, however those who are more familiar see the NRA more of a gun control organization than a supporter of gun rights. Recently the Florida NRA came out against HB 733 titled "Second Amendment Preservation Act" because it would thwart their past and future gun control legislation they have drafted. The bill makes all federal firearms regulations “past, present and future” barred from enforcement by state agents. The Act would prohibit any agents of the State of Florida from participating in any way with federal violations of the Second Amendment in Florida. The bill also provides penalties for those who knowingly participate or provide assistance.

Ray Netherwood, a U.S. House candidate for Florida's district 19 is working to find a sponsor in the Florida Senate for the bill saying yesterday, "Republicans who profess to support the Constitution should be held to their word. Voters should ask Ms. Benacquisto if she plans to step up to the plate. If Ms. Benacquisto is unwilling to sponsor a Second Amendment Preservation Act in Florida as a sitting Florida Senator, how can voters trust her with protecting the Second Amendment from attacks by the extreme left in Washington, D.C.? Were I a Florida Senator, I would immediately sponsor this bill and if I am elected to Congress I will be a staunch advocate and protector of the Second Amendment that the voters of District 19 can rely on."

Netherwood is expected to face Benacquisto in the District 19 Special Election on June 24, 2014 and unlike the NRA and his opponent, is taking a strong position in favor of the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Benacquisto is currently a Republican state senator and is under fire for not sponsoring a related bill to HB 733 in the Florida Senate.

The NRA sent out this statement to their gun control supporters, "HB-733 is NOT an NRA bill and, at this time, we have taken no position on the bill. We have grave concerns about the effect of the bill -- whether the consequences are intended or unintended. Of primary concern is the effect the bill would have on positive pro-gun legislation that NRA has worked hard to pass in the past and hopes to pass in the future. The bill does not differentiate between positive pro-gun legislation and restrictive gun control laws that negatively affect Second Amendment rights". What seems to worry the NRA is the language in the bill which would put an end to the need for the NRA and their gun control efforts. The Florida NRA would prefer language which would effectively grandfather in all federal Second Amendment gun control laws since the National Firearms Act of 1934.

The Florida NRA has been actively working in the Florida Senate to kill the bill making certain there is no related Senate bill. For a bill to move forward in the legislative session in March, House bill must have a related Senate bill. This is why Netherwood is outing his opponent Benacquisto. To sit idly by would make it appear the NRA has influence over her or she agrees that she favors gun control.

Netherwood added to his statement yesterday, "Florida statute 790.33 reads in part : 'the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition.' Notice that after the word Legislature there is no language that indicates the FL NRA shares in this legislative monopoly. The Florida senate is in fact sharing this monopoly with the FL NRA. In doing so it is ill advisedly denying gun owners a voice in the legislative advocacy process. Moreover, they have foolishly allowed the FL NRA to determine the limits of firearms freedom. Limits which are not reflective of the framers or founders definition of 'shall not infringe.' Republicans who profess to support the Constitution should be held to their word. Voters should ask Ms. Benacquisto if she plans to step up to the plate. If Ms. Benacquisto is unwilling to sponsor a Second Amendment Preservation Act in Florida as a sitting FL Senator, how can voters trust her with protecting the Second Amendment from attacks by the extreme left in Washington, D.C.? Were I a Florida Senator, I would immediately sponsor this bill and if I am elected to Congress I will be a staunch advocate and protector of the Second Amendment that the voters of District 19 can rely on."

Many Libertarians have had enough of the NRA and are turning to the Gun Owners of America as the true gun rights organization.

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