Gun control theater. Performative hoplophobia. Bread and circuses for the anti-gun industry. Those are a few descriptions that come immediately to mind for what a Florida member of the U.S. House of Representatives is engaging in with his introduction of a bill to ban semiautomatic gun sales to anyone under 25 year old.
Rep. Jared Moskowitz knows full well his bill has no chance of getting anywhere in the GOP-controlled house. He also knows that current laws banning gun sales to adults under 21 years old are being struck down in a number of courts across the country. While the process is still playing out, there’s no legally supportable justification for banning gun sales to any adult based on an arbitrary age limit in a post-Bruen world.
And yet…Rep. Moskowitz — a former Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School student — is feeling really good about himself right now.
Here’s the Firearms Policy Coalition’s response . . .
Firearms Policy Coalition issued the following statement regarding Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida)introduction of H.R.3155, a measure that contemplates abrogating the rights of peaceable adults to buy protected arms by discriminating against Americans under the age of 25. The text of this measure is yet to be released:
While age restrictions on the fundamental right to keep and bear arms are being successfully challenged in courts across the nation (See FPCLaw.org for examples), Representative Moskowitz has chosen to hold himself out as the harbinger of a pervasive federal age discrimination program to deprive millions of peaceable People access to their fundamental and enumerated rights.
Sadly, Congressman Moskowitz and his colleagues need to be reminded that the People’s right to acquire, keep, bear, and possess arms, including firearms, for all lawful purposes is a natural right, and in the United States, an enumerated right. These rights fall outside the purview of legislators. The immoral policy preferences of legislators are simply not part of the debate regarding rights that do not emanate from legislatures, but rather are intrinsic to all People naturally.
The naked depravity of such a measure, publicly seeking to disarm and disadvantage millions of American families should be immediately called out for what it is– the use of state violence and armed government agents to deprive the People of their fundamental rights as any such proposal will necessitate an enforcement mechanism.
Representative Moskowitz’s embrace of using state violence to disarm and disadvantage peaceable People will only serve to further degrade the People’s trust in our institutions and FPC stands steadfast in opposition to such depravity.