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IRC Republican Executive Committee Passes Resolution on Assault Weapons Ban to Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

September 17th, 2022

The Indian River County Republican Executive Committee unanimously voted on Wednesday September 14th, 2022 to pass a resolution to Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott on the proposed Federal Assault Weapons Ban, 2022 H.R. 1808.

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The resolution asks Senators Rubio and Scott to vote against H.R. 1808 and partake in all efforts to stop the bill’s passage, along with filibustering it.

The resolution reads:

WHEREAS, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land; and

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution states, “a well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court in THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), affirms that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not connected in any way to service in a militia; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court, in MCDONALD v. CITY OF CHICAGO, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), protects rights closely related to the Second Amendment, namely the right to manufacture, transfer, purchase, and sell firearms, accessories, and ammunition; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the Peoples;” and

WHEREAS, on July 29th, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1808 “Assault Weapons Ban of 2022” which creates an assault weapons ban which was previously attempted in 1994 and proved ineffective; and

WHEREAS, the United States Senate is anticipated to consider the assault weapons ban in the near future; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners for Indian River County has designated Indian River County, Florida a Second Amendment Sanctuary; and

THEREFORE, be it resolved, the Republican Executive Committee of Indian River County opposes H.R. 1808 “Assault Weapons Ban of 2022” and asks that the Florida U.S. Senate delegation, Senators Marco Rubio, and Rick Scott, assist in any and all efforts to prevent the passage of the assault weapons ban and those efforts include supporting and joining in any effort to utilize the filibuster; and

THEREFORE, be it resolved, directs the leadership of the Republican Executive Committee of Indian River County to transmit this resolution to Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott as well as any other recipients to give effect to this resolution, including the Republican Party of Florida Leadership.

Effective this day, September 14, 2022

Click here to view the PDF file of the Resolution.

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Currently the only action taken on H.R. 1808 - ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2022’ in the U.S. Senate has been a reading two times on the Senate Floor and referral to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

H.R.1808 - ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2022’ passed mainly on party lines in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Bill Posey voted AGAINST H.R.1808 - ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2022.’ Congressman Posey represents Indian River and Brevard Counties along with a portion of Orange County in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a Republican.

Click here to view how elected officials voted on H.R. 1808 - ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2022’ in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A previous Assault Weapons ban was signed into law in the 1990s during the Clinton Administration and lasted for 10 years. It was not renewed during the Presidency of George W. Bush.

Many gun owners had expressed dismay over the Assault Weapons Ban when it was passed in the 1990s.

We reached out to a few people for comment regarding the IRC Republican Executive Committee's resolution. We will update our article when we receive comment.

September 17th, 2022 8:40PM - Update

Gun Owners of America Florida State Director Luis Valdes gave the following statement to Indian River News:

As the FL State Director of Gun Owners of America, I congratulate the Indian River County Republican for their steadfast support of the Second Amendment. They have openly called for the passage of Constitutional Carry and have now passed a resolution asking Sen.Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott to vote against or filibuster the insidious "assault weapons ban" that has passed the House.

The legislation that gun control zealots are pushing in no way stops crime. What it does stop is law-abiding Floridians and Americans from exercising their civil liberties and freedoms. The Indian River County Republican Party is making sure that our elected officials in Congress know where they should stand on this issue.

And for that, I'm proud to say that the fine people of Indian River County, Florida share the same beliefs in freedom and liberty as Gun Owners of America does.

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