Florida Has Been Quietly Passing Second Amendment Sanctuaries For 2 Months Now

With little fanfare from the mass media, Florida counties have been resisting red flag laws that threaten their gun rights.

Published Thursday, January 16, 2020
Gun Rights Watch article by Gun Rights Watch - Chief Editor

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Florida's Second Amendment Sanctuary movement has plodded on, county by county, since November 5th when Lake County became the first to declare. With red flag repossessions happening at a furious pace, the march doesn't seem to be slowing.

The real issue at stake in Florida is the state's egregious Red Flag law, which so far is responsible for the unconstitutional theft of thousands of firearms from gun owners across the state. These RPO's have been granted for such crimes as posting a photo of a recently completed AR-15 on social media and criticizing teenage gun control activists, or for having an argument with a family member. Having your guns taken away in Florida means that you can't obtain a court-appointed lawyer (since you're not accused of any crime) and appealing the decision takes an average of 12 months or more.

To make matters worse, the system is rigged against gun owners, such that at least 95% of all RPO's that get submitted wind up getting granted — typically within minutes and often with no questions asked. In the RPO-frenzy county of Volusia, one police officer reported that they take an average of only 20 seconds to go through.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the Florida Senate, led by an anti-gun Republican Senate President, has just voted for universal background checks and a gun registry. The more sensible Speaker of The House and Governor are said to be alarmed by their actions.

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In response to Red Flag laws and other threats, Florida counties are now taking a stand one by one. Here's the full list so far:

Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution:
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  1. Lake County - passed resolution on November 5th
  2. Suwannee County - passed resolution on November 18th
  3. Wakulla County - passed resolution on November 18th
  4. Marion County - passed resolution on November 18th
  5. Clay County - passed resolution on November 26th
  6. Town of Bronson - passed resolution on December 2nd
  7. Levy County - passed resolution on December 3rd
  8. Citrus County - passed resolution on December 3rd
  9. Dixie County - passed resolution December 5th
  10. Santa Rosa County - passed resolution December 9th
  11. Gilchrist County - passed resolution December 9th
  12. Lafayette County - passed resolution December 9th
  13. Calhoun County - passed resolution December 12th
  14. Hendry County - passed resolution December 12th
  15. Hernando County - passed resolution on December 17th
  16. Walton County - passed resolution on December 17th
  17. Okaloosa County - passed resolution on December 17th
  18. Bradford County - passed resolution on December 17th
  19. Okeechobee County - passed resolution on January 8th
  20. Taylor County - passed resolution on January 13th
  21. City of Newberry - passed resolution on January 13th

Other Counties Or Cities That Have Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:
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  • Putnam County
  • Polk County

Other Counties Or Cities That Rejected a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution:
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  • Sarasota County
  • Highlands County
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