Anderson opposes legislation banning assuallt weapons

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By David Davis

Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson said he does not support state legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

“Rather than support new laws that criminals do not mind breaking, I would like to see the criminal justice system in this state enforce the laws already on the books,” he wrote Nov. 2 in a letter in response to the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

The organization was asking for support of state legislation sponsored by Sen. Linda Stewart (SB 196) and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (HB 219), which address “these weapons of war.”

Coalition co-chairs Patricia Brigham and Andy Pelosi wrote, “The public and our law enforcement officers continue to face dangers that were unheard of just a few decades ago. The proliferation of assault weapons and other firearms with high capacity magazines have made mass-shooting incidents too commonplace.

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