Commissioner Wilton Simpson Proposes Legislation to Protect Floridians’ Firearm, Ammunition Purchasing Data

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Tallahassee, FL — On Tuesday, January 10th, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson, State Senator Danny Burgess, and State Representative John Snyder announced proposed legislation to prohibit the collection of Floridians’ financial data from firearm and ammunition purchases. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and other stakeholders joined Commissioner Simpson for the announcement of this first-in-the-nation policy proposal.

Commissioner Simpson laid out what he calls the “Florida Arms and Ammo Act” aimed at prohibiting financial institutions from collecting and monitoring information on law-abiding Floridians’ firearm and ammunition purchases. After significant pressure from gun control advocates and Congressional Democrats, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has recently created a new Merchant Category Code specifically designed to identify sales at firearm and ammunition retailers. This move would create a quasi-registry of Floridians who have legally purchased guns or ammunition.

Commissioner Simpson announces “Florida Arms and Ammo Act” with Rep. Snyder, Sheriff Ivey and Senator Burgess

“We are all blessed to live in the free state of Florida where our Second Amendment rights are valued and protected, but Democrats in Washington continue to try to chip away at these rights – and we must stay vigilant,” said Commissioner Simpson. “The ‘Florida Arms and Ammo Act’ draws a line in the sand and tells multi-national progressive financial institutions, and their allies in Washington, that they cannot covertly create a backdoor firearm registry of Floridians – or else.”

“This is the United States of America. You don’t get penalized for exercising a Constitutional right. The Second Amendment is nonnegotiable, and here in Florida, we are going to fight to protect the rights of Floridians,” said Senator Burgess. “I am grateful for Commissioner Simpson’s leadership and look forward to working with Rep. Snyder to send this important legislation to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk this year.”

“Gun owners will not be targeted by financial institutions in the free state of Florida,” said Representative Snyder. “I am proud to stand with Commissioner Simpson and Senator Burgess to prevent the creation of a comprehensive database of law-abiding Floridians.”

“I want to personally thank Commissioner Simpson, Senator Burgess, and Representative Snyder for proposing this incredible bill to ensure that Florida remains free,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “We have a responsibility to make sure our citizens are able to exercise their God given rights and can rest easy knowing that our 2nd Amendment is being protected as well as Florida’s Freedom Loving Citizens!!”

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