Weekly Spotlight 3/4/23 – 3/10/23
A Tale of Two States: Tackling “Boardroom Gun Control“
America’s federalist system of government grants states tremendous rights when it comes to implementing laws that fit unique geographies, population sizes and economies. Policies that are right for a small, midwestern state might not be well-suited to a large, coastal state. It’s a hallmark of our republic that has helped America prosper over the centuries. However, when core constitutional issues like the Second Amendment are at play, it also demonstrates stark contrasts between states remaining faithful to the words “shall not be infringed” and states bypassing them.
A recent example of this can be found in California and Florida, two states on seemingly polar opposite trajectories when it comes to Second Amendment issues. Specifically, it involves “boardroom gun control,” a phenomenon in which private corporations either willfully or are compelled to act as enforcers of gun control policies, ultimately hindering Americans’ ability to exercise their rights. For instance, some financial institutions have refused to do business with gun shops or gun owners associations.
A California state legislator recently introduced a bill to cement this misguided practice into law. The legislation would “prohibit financial institutions that do business with gun manufacturers from doing business with the state of California,” potentially impacting billions in state finances and pulling the rug out from under lawful businesses. Policies like these will restrict access to legal firearms well beyond democratically-established norms.
In contrast, Florida is tackling boardroom gun control the right way. The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee recently approved a bill that would impose fines on any and all credit card companies that track gun and ammunition purchases. This is a hefty blow to efforts by big corporations that seek to impose their pro-gun control will on law-abiding gun owners. States should not be working hand in glove with big banks to restrict Americans’ God-given rights, and Florida is taking steps to ensure that doesn’t happen.
This issue has also reached the halls of Congress, where Rep. Jack Bergman introduced the Firearm Industry Non-Discrimination (FIND) Act to take aim at “boardroom gun control” at the federal level. H.R. 53 would “prevent any businesses that discriminate against firearm businesses or associations from contracting or subcontracting with the federal government – ensuring that federal funding is not used to further these harmful policies.” The USCCA-FSL stands behind this legislation, as well as states like Florida, that are defending the Second Amendment.
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- The County Press: County board opposes gun control legislation
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Gun rights advocates are backing a bill that would prevent state government agencies and pension funds from doing business with investment firms that boycott the gun industry. “If we can’t have normal commerce in America, then what good are your rights?” Iowa Firearms Coalition president Dave Funk said at a statehouse rally Wednesday. “…Financial institutions, credit processors, insurers and now freight companies have been increasingly boycotting the firearm industry and Second Amendment as part of the ‘woke’ ESG movement.” Funk said taxpayer money should never go to companies that are trying to restrict Second Amendment rights.