The Sarasota City Commission will consider City Manager Tom Barwin’s resolution today at 6 pm — a resolution that calls upon state and federal officials to ban “assault weapons” from the general public.
According to the commission’s schedule, the embattled resolution will be heard during the commission’s evening session, which begins at 6 pm today at Sarasota City Hall, 1565 First Street Sarasota, FL 34236.
As I’ve said, the city commissioners themselves lack the statutory authority to create a gun ban of their own. Florida’s powerful preemption
statute gives only the state legislature the authority to regulate firearms. If local officials create their own gun laws, they’re subject to criminal charges, fines and removal from office.
Barwin’s resolution lacks any real authority. It’s not an ordinance or law. It’s merely a way for the commissioners to express an opinion, assuming they pass the resolution.
Barwin’s current proposal contains several inaccuracies.
It states that “a majority of the American public, including legal gun owners, support … limiting the availability of military grade, high capacity magazine assault weapons to bona fide and highly trained law enforcement agencies.”
I’ve never met a “legal gun owner” who believes only police should have ARs, much less a “majority of legal gun owners” who believe that the rifles belong only in the hands of law enforcement.
The resolution also claims that “military grade, high capacity magazine assault weapons” have been “disavowed by most reputable pro-hunting organizations.”
Barwin’s resolution has drawn national attention, and earned the ire of the National Rifle Association.
Several people, including Mike Young and other FFLs, have told me they intend to tell the commissioners what they think of the resolution during the public comment period.
I will be attending, and we’ll have full coverage here.