Florida Democrats and gun control advocates attacked Attorney General Ashley Moody Wednesday for her “outrageous” stance in opposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit assault weapons.
“First, she tries to block the assault weapons ban from even getting on the ballot in the days after the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio shootings,” Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo said at a press conference in the Capitol. “And then days afterwards, she then attacked this ballot initiative as ‘deceitful’ and “misleading.’”
The group Ban Assault Weapons Now is actively working to get the assault weapons proposal on the 2020 ballot.
The language says that the amendment would prohibit possession of assault weapons, “defined as semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition-feeding device.”
In her filing, Moody wrote that the amendment’s language is “deficient,” and would “ban the possession of virtually every semi-automatic long-gun.”
Democrats denounced Moody after she came out against the measure, and doubled down on their criticism Wednesday.
Alyssa Ackbar, a Florida State University student and member of March for Our Lives, said that “As long as representatives like Attorney General Moody fight against gun violence prevention efforts, the activists standing around me will be here to call them out on their bullsh*t.”
Like all proposed constitutional amendments in the state, the proposal needs to get 766,200 qualified signatures submitted by next February to qualify for the November 2020 ballot. It currently has 105,733.
“Moody should drop her motion with the court,” Rizzo said.
“It’s nothing more than a desperate attempt to stop a plainly written, common sense piece of gun control from getting to the voters, who have overwhelmingly said they are ready and want gun control now.”