Students at Florida Gulf Coast University are wearing empty holsters to class Tuesday to show their support for the Second Amendment.
“We’re going to wear empty gun holsters on our belts. They are empty, they are going to be shown so everybody sees it,” explained Ryan Kennedy, a member of FGCU’s College Republicans to local news affiliate WINK.
Kennedy said participants want to be extra sure that everyone on campus knows that it’s a planned demonstration so there is no confusion.
“We really want to clear up any misconceptions you have because you’re right, people do get afraid and we want to try and clear that up,” said Kennedy.
“We do support the second amendment. We do support a person’s right to bear arms. We’re against assault weapon ban and we want to express our viewpoints as conservative students,” he continued.
Florida governor Rick Scott recently signed legislation aimed at both improving school security and restricting the 2A. Specifically, as it relates to gun control, the law bans reciprocating stocks, creates a 3-day wait period for gun purchases and prohibits adults under the age of 21 from buying firearms.
Democrats had also been kicking around a measure to ban black rifles. Thankfully, it was omitted from the final version of The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act that Gov. Scott penned last month.
But they’re not giving up. Now Dems are pushing to bring the ban on modern sporting rifles to the ballot box in 2020. “Let the people decide,” so to speak. It’s the only move Dems can make given the GOP’s control of the Legislature.
Hopefully, if/when there is a vote, enough Floridians follow the lead of these FGCU students and see the ban for what it is. Infringement on a fundamental right. Time will tell.