Let me be the first to say that Miguel down at Gun Free Zone has been doing Yeoman's work on this; and he's my go to guy for what's actually going on in that "wretched hive of scum and villainy", Tallahassee. The updated content is here.
At the time of this writing, there are 231 amendments to the bill. Every anti-gun idiot in the state has proposed amendments to this. Miguel lists some important highlights (lowlights?) F means failed to pass the vote to include. W means have been withdrawn.
-Universal Background Checks. FUsing simple text searches on that state web page, I see 42 amendments were withdrawn, and another 31 failed. There were two ruled out of order, and curious to see what out of order meant, found they were particularly egregious (pdf); these attempted to define and outlaw page upon page of "assault weapons" by manufacturer's name/model number and it's simply stunning; pump action shotguns like a Remington TAC-2 or Keltec KSG, pistols, and all sorts of parts. Forget that "nobody wants to take your guns" bullcrap; those few lines could be interpreted to outlaw virtually everything.
-16 hours of training for CWP. W
-Universal Background Checks part 2. W
-Banning Hollow Points. W (There is another similar amendment still in place)
-Large-capacity magazine. W (There is another similar amendment still in place)
-Manufacturing of weapons by citizens. W
-Risk protection Order, “Allege” that the respondent poses a significant danger. W
-Risk protection Order, “Allege” that the respondent poses a significant danger (part 2). W
– Tax on firearms and ammunition. W
I've done the emails to the representatives just as I did the senators yesterday, and over the weekend. I have to say that I was feeling like this was a giant BOHICA and we were going to get shafted again. I'm a bit less fatalistic about it, but they still have plenty of time to screw us over. The legislative leaders want to do things to get armed staff or teachers in the schools and this is in the senate bill that passed (although badly watered down); the governor has publicly said he's against it.
I don't know what to tell you except that the legislative suggestion is supposed to end the 10th. The best thing that could happen is for the bill to just die, but my gut feel is that something bad is going to be done to us.
You know, when the frenzy started after Parkland, I just chalked it up to the usual Bloomberg minions dancing in the blood of the victims. As time went by, though, and we saw just how organized this was, everything from busing the kids to Tallahassee within a day or two to beg for gun control, to the CNN Town "Two Hour Hate", to the virtually simultaneous introduction of gun control bills in a bunch of state legislatures, it just seems too organized.
I'm not big on conspiracy theories for the simple reason that everything can't be a conspiracy. Generally, "three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead" as the saying goes.
But this looks and smells like the research was done, the script of what to do was planned, the list of companies to attack was drawn up, and every single step we've witnessed was an operation planned well in advance and waiting for the "GO" command along with a list of things that would trigger a go command. Does anyone honestly believe those kids just came up with a list of companies to boycott and their demands? I betcha at least half of them never even heard of the NRA before they started saying they wanted us dead. This assault on us was an operation that was planned top to bottom.
I'm not ready to go all the way to say our enemies arranging the school shooting, but I can see why people think that. And they are our enemies. They want us to bow to them and the state. As many, many people have said, they don't hate our guns, they hate us.
Florida Senate - stock photo