Why do American citizens need “Weapons of War?”
DALLAS – In a horrific moment that was broadcast live on TV, an amazingly brave police officer tried to shoot the Dallas gunman. But the bullet to bounce off his him. Why? Because he had an armored vest. And that allowed him to turn around and execute the cop at point-blank range.
We can continue with the delusion that we need to place weapons of war in the hands of private citizens. And if we continue to do that, more cops will die. Plain and simple. You can whine that criminals will get them anyway. But that’s not the point. Murderers will murder anyway. That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a law against murder.
It also doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a law against having assault weapons and body armor if you’re not a cop. Having a law against it will mean it will be more difficult for people to get them, It won’t guarantee that a tragedy like this will never happen. But it will make it less likely. I want to make it less likely that cops get killed. How about you?
On background Florida is generally considered to be a state with minimal restrictions on firearms purchases. So, let’s say you want to buy an assault weapon then no problem.
To buy one in the Sunshine State, is no problem as long as you’re 18, a legal resident of the United States, aren’t a felon or a domestic abuser and have no documented mental health or substance abuse issues.
Here are the state’s basic rules:
All firearm purchases from federally licensed dealers require a background check, regardless of whether the buyer has a concealed weapons permit.
There is no waiting period to buy a rifle. There is a three-day waiting period to buy a handgun, and handgun buyers must be 21 or older. Some counties and jurisdictions impost longer waiting periods.
People charged with or convicted of a felony can’t buy guns. Neither can people who have been convicted of two or more DUIs, have been involuntarily committed to a mental health hospital or have a restraining order against them.
Security analyst and former ATF special agent Matthew Horace told Crimesider. “It’s easy to buy a gun there — people go to Florida to buy guns because it’s firearm-friendly,” Horace said. When it comes to assault rifles, a purchaser can walk away with the gun immediately after clearing a background check, Horace said.
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