Florida to require gun dealers to have psychic powers?

As if it’s not foolish enough to make violent crime more illegal if the weapon used is a so-called “assault weapon,” Florida lawmakers want to punish gun dealers for failing to read minds.

People who use assault weapons to commit crimes and even gun dealers who sell the rifles to lawbreakers would face tougher penalties under new legislation, proposed in response to a spate of violence with the high-powered firearms.

Oh look–another “spate.”

But where does the requirement for gun dealers to have mystical powers to read minds come in? Right here:

If a person buys or sells a semiautomatic or automatic weapon using false identification or identity theft, both the buyer and seller would face a mandatory second-degree felony with up to 15 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

Fifteen years in prison, for the “crime” of not knowing the buyer is who his identification says he is.

The bills, HB 425 and its Senate counterpart, SB 782, are the legislative masterworks of Representative Evan Jenne and Senator Gwen Margolis. Gwen says it makes sense to go after gun dealers who fail to thwart sales to people using false identities.

Margolis said she didn’t think the law was putting too heavy a burden on gun sellers, who might actually be the victims of deception.

”I don’t think that they’re really duped,” Margolis said. ”What’s happening is the gun sellers are not necessarily enforcing the laws that we have in this state, and we’ve never made them responsible for the enforcement.”

Well, as long as you don’t think they’re duped, Gwen. One question, though–if gun sellers are expected to enforce the law, why have paid law enforcement agencies and officers? And can we count on you, Gwen, to back us up when we’re told that rather than having the means to defend ourselves, we should leave it to the professionals?

According to another article, the bills already have “Only One” support:

The legislation, Senate Bill 782 and House Bill 425, has already drawn support from those on law enforcement’s front line.

“Assault weapons are the weapons of choice for criminals today,” said Robert Parker, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. The measure has also received the support of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolent Association.

“If this law were in place, we might have been able to stop the killer before a good officer lost his life,” Margolis said of Jose Somohano, a four-year police veteran gunned down last year by an AK-47 that his assailant had purchased using false identification.

Yep, because the seller of the “AK-47” (I believe it was actually a MAK-90–which, by the way, was not designated an “assault weapon” by the now-defunct AWB–but I don’t want to be picky) would magically have had the ability to spot false identification, if only the law had required him to.

While we’re at it, maybe we should make it a felony for doctors to fail to cure their patients of (say) cancer–it’s amazing what can be done by decree.

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5 Responses to “Florida to require gun dealers to have psychic powers?”

  1. Sailorcurt Says:

    I know you realize this but an uninformed (on 2A issues) random reader may not.

    The people proposing/supporting this don’t really believe that gun dealers should be able to magically deduce that someone is using a false identity.

    They can’t get an AWB bill through the legislature so this is their underhanded way of achieving the same thing. If gun dealers are afraid that they’ll be sent to prison for selling a firearm to someone, even if they had no way of knowing that the person was a criminal, they’ll just stop selling them.

    Instant AWB without having to actually pass one.

    This is the standard operating procedure of the anti-gunners: mislead, obfuscate, misdirect and flat out lie to get their agenda through.

    “The preferred weapon of criminals.” Where have we heard that before?

  2. straightarrow Says:

    Well now, I might could go for this law with some expansion placed in it to include more parties liable for criminal charges, prosecution, and incarceration.

    I’m serious. Every state employee involved in issuing drivers’ licenses would be subject to 15 years imprisonment for providing a license to anyone who is someone other than he claims to be, every state legislator who is in office at the time the false license was issued would also be imprisoned for fifteen years as an enabler of suppliers of false ID.

    Every police officer who had a crime of any kind committed in his patrol area would likewise be imprisoned for fifteen years for his failure to divine the intent of a future or current criminal, in time to prevent the particular crime in his patrol area.

    Every governor and every state treasurer who either signed bills or disbursed funds for any of the above failed activities would likewise be sent to prison for fifteen years.

    Yeah, I can see a place for this. Let’s try that first then worry about the non-state employee who cannot be expected to be nearly as omniscient as our self-appointed masters.

  3. hairy hobbit Says:

    You DO realize that this is JUST a smokescreen to get people OK with the idea of “tamper proof IDs” or the REAL ID if you will. Right?

    It’s the propaganda front of the “war on rights”.

  4. Bruce W. Krafft Says:

    Another insidious part of this bill is that “Assault weapon” is defined as “a semiautomatic firearm and its high-capacity detachable box magazine”, meaning any semi-auto, pistol or rifle, with a mag capacity of more than 10 rounds.

    So a Ruger 10/22 is an “Assault Weapon”.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    No, let me explain what this is REALLY all about-Evan wants to get reelected. He is trying desperately to LOOKLIKE he is doing something in Tally besides keeping a seat warm!

    This is really pathetic.

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