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09/10/2019, 16:19:14

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Florida mayors go to Washington to lobby for gun background checks

By David Smiley and Alex Daugherty
2-3 minutes

The mayors of Parkland and Miami flew to Washington Monday to participate in a bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation lobbying for bills in the House and Senate for universal background checks on gun purchases.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky flew to Washington early Monday ahead of a 2 p.m. meeting at the White House. The delegation — which Suarez said is comprised of nine mayors — is meeting with President Donald Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, the director of his Domestic Policy Council, Joe Grogan, and perhaps others, according to an itinerary.

The delegation also plans to meet Tuesday with members of the U.S. Senate, including Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

The meetings come on the day Congress returns from a six-week break, with Democrats vowing to make bills that expand background checks, limit magazine size and create a nationwide “red flag” law priorities in the coming days.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent an Aug. 8 letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging the Senate majority leader to pass gun safety legislation following mass shootings that occurred in a 24-hour stretch in El Paso and Dayton.

Both Hunschofsky and Suarez signed the letter.

“After the shootings that took place in El Paso and Dayton, there was a renewed sense of urgency,” said Hunschofsky, a Democrat Parkland’s mayor in February 2018 when 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and faculty were killed by a gunman carrying a semi-automatic rifle.

The mayor of Dayton, Democrat Nan Whaley, was also part of the delegation.

Suarez, a Republican and one of 13 trustees for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said he’s comfortable lobbying for two background-check bills passed by the U.S. House because they propose modest controls that make communities safer without infringing on the Second Amendment.

“They wanted to put together a bipartisan coalition, so I was asked to come up,” Suarez said. “Mass shootings have obviously increased in intensity and frequency. Every city is concerned.”

Barry Hirsh 3 minutes ago
The mayors are lobbying the wrong entity. The U.S. Constitution's commerce clause empowers gov't regulation of retail and wholesale firearms transactions which also apply to the states, but there is no enumerated federal authority to regulate private sales, which are not commerce by definition.

There is no such restriction in the U.S. Constitution on state governments, who are left to their own constitutions outlining the state's police powers.

These mayors should be lobbying in Tallahassee, not Washington, and they know it. But they also know that the state government doesn't want to hear it, so they're trying an end run pushing for unconstitutional federal action.

Which is typical of Democrats, after all...


Democrats wouldn't buy a clue if it was government subsidized.

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