Florida Mayor Bans Firearm Sales and Carry as Rioters Ransack and Pillage Cities

A mayor of a city in Florida just banned the last line of defense against marauding rioters. Palm Beach City Mayor Keith James issued an emergency declaration and a curfew that, among other things, will ban sale and display of firearms.


Additionally, the order prohibits the sale of ammunition and the possession of firearms in public by anybody other than law enforcement officers or military officers “while on official duty.” This declaration implies that business owners cannot protect their establishments from rioters despite being unable to rely on the police. Many business owners had turned to their weapons to protect their businesses.


The deterrence provided by firearms during the riots has prevented many businesses from going ablaze. A liquor store owner in Santa Monica stood with an AR-15 outside his establishment. The armed business owner said the rioters just walked past when they saw the gun. Joe added that not only did the rioters avoid his store, but they also avoided the nearby businesses. Black business owners also protected their businesses in St. Paul, Minnesota. Similarly, Stephen, Michael Solomon, and two other self-proclaimed “rednecks” moved around Minneapolis protecting businesses from looters.


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Despite the state preemption laws, Mayor James found a leeway to sneak gun control by exploiting an emergency declaration. State preemption laws should ban local authorities from banning firearms in any event, including emergencies and natural disasters. Louisiana passed House Bill 746 that seeks to prevent the banning of firearms during a state of emergency statewide. The governor should assent to the bill while other states should emulate the move.


The idea of banning firearms during situations when people need them the most is like a dream for gun control extremists who value control over people’s safety. Although the order is temporary, the city could still extend it by 72 hours, leaving law-abiding citizens lives in danger and businesses vulnerable to vandalization.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.


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