Ban Assault Weapons NOW endorses Charlie Crist against Ron DeSantis

Charlie Crist
Under a second DeSantis term, BAWN predicts gun violence will soar.

Gun control advocates at Ban Assault Weapons NOW (BAWN) are endorsing Charlie Crist over Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2022 gubernatorial race.

BAWN on Thursday picked the former Governor and Congressman for his “impeccable” congressional record on gun safety, calling him the champion Florida children and families need.

“It is with great enthusiasm that family members and survivors from two of the deadliest shootings in American history, announce BAWN’s endorsement and commitment to help elect Charlie Crist as the next Governor of Florida,” the organization said in a statement.

Under a second DeSantis term, BAWN predicts gun violence will soar.

“In addition to saying he would have vetoed the bipartisan commonsense reforms passed after the Parkland massacre, Ron DeSantis has vowed to pass a permitless and untrained carry bill — allowing Floridians to carry a loaded gun in public with no permit, no safety training and no background check,” BAWN founder Gail Schwartz said.

“At a time when Florida has experienced an average of 2,849 gun deaths annually, this will unquestionably cause more bloodshed and heartache in our communities.”

BAWN is an organization assembled by the survivors and family of victims of the Pulse and Parkland mass shootings. Schwartz was the aunt of Parkland shooting victim Alex Schachter, one of the 17 students and educators who died in the attack.

The gunmen who attacked PULSE Nightclub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School used semi-automatic rifles, which gun regulation advocacy groups like BAWN have labeled “assault weapons.” While assault weapons are used in a fraction of shootings, they have helped perpetrate the deadliest shootings in the United States.

BAWN attempted to pass a statewide assault weapons ban by ballot initiative before the Florida Supreme Court blocked the measure. The organization now targets legislative and electoral politics to push the needle on gun policy.

Although both shootings occurred before DeSantis took office, BAWN says the Republican Governor has done nothing to curb the number of similar weapons in Florida. Additionally, he has said he would have vetoed the gun safety bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Rick Scott.

While he hasn’t made it an immediate priority, DeSantis has also said he hopes to sign a “constitutional carry” bill before he leaves office, which would remove the need for Floridians to acquire a concealed carry permit.

In Congress, which he left last month to commit full-time to his gubernatorial bid, Crist voted to reinstate the national Assault Weapons Ban.

“I’m proud to earn the support of BAWN in our mission to fight for Florida and work to put an end to the gun violence epidemic destroying our communities,” Crist said in a statement. “Enough is enough. How many more innocent children and families need to die before we take real action to keep Floridians safe? I vow to be a fighter for commonsense gun reform and a champion for safer communities.”

Polls show DeSantis with a slight edge over Crist with two months remaining before the General Election.

The endorsement comes one week after national gun control advocates at Everytown for Gun Safety backed Crist. Earlier this year, Florida Sheriffs came out in support of DeSantis’ re-election.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


18 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    September 8, 2022 at 6:34 am

    I’ll bet at one time flip flopping Crist was a friend of the NRA, and probably too, money from that organization.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 8, 2022 at 6:35 am

      Took

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    • Charlie Crist

      September 8, 2022 at 8:39 am

      Flip flopper? I came to the light..the realization that the GOP isn’t about shit but making rich people richer and to hell with everyone else. Also didn’t help that they supported a far right mad man. We have to move forward not sit on our ass for the rest of human history or move backwards. Vote for me for governor.

      • Billy Rotberg

        September 11, 2022 at 3:33 am

        You are a pathetic liar and a confirmed identity thief. The real chain gang Charlie grifter christ just got roasted on the view and exposed as a FLIP FLOPPER, again.

  • just sayin

    September 8, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Shocking.

  • PeterH

    September 8, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    DeSantis is waiting until after the election to approve open carry for Florida. Imagine gun holsters on Miami Beach during Spring Break!

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……
    AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE.

    REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

  • marylou

    September 8, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Firearms banned at events with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has argued ‘gun-free’ zones are less safe.
    —Business Insider

    Bans should be based on the “ORIGINAL” meaning of the Constitution— back when there were no assault weapons. Old style guns only, especially for those Republicans who think they sound smart when they parrot,, “It’s not in the Constitution!”.

    • Rich7553

      September 10, 2022 at 10:51 am

      Per Curiam.

      The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding” and that “the Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States”.

      United States Supreme Court
      Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016l)

      • marylou

        September 10, 2022 at 8:22 pm

        Gimme your nuclear warhead special….and the nine piece pretzel set to go

      • 1marylou

        September 10, 2022 at 10:13 pm

        Gimme your nuclear warhead special….and the nine piece pretzel set to go

      • SAMEmaryL

        September 11, 2022 at 9:29 am

        Convenient…

        gimme two of your nuclear warhead specials….. and the nine piece pretzel set

  • marylou

    September 8, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Firearms banned at events with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has argued ‘gun-free’ zones are less safe.
    —Business Insider

    Bans should be based on the “ORIGINAL” meaning of the Constitution— back when there were no assault weapons. Old style guns only, especially for those Republicans who think they sound smart when they parrot,, “It’s not in the Constitution!”.

  • Billy Rotberg

    September 11, 2022 at 3:28 am

    You are clueless. Go feed your cats

  • Billy Rotberg

    September 11, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Fun fact:”BAWN” Got less than 8% of the registered voters to sign their illegal so called assault weapons ban. It would have banned BB guns. Fascist dems can’t define what a woman is either.

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