State Supreme Court Rejects Assault Weapons Ban

first_imgThe justices rejected arguments by supporters that voters would automatically understand that owners’ possession of the firearms, and not the weapon, would be exempt.However, during oral arguments last February, Jon Mills, an attorney for Ban Assault Weapons NOW, said the exemption would apply to people who have the guns.He said “possession is the continual issue. It does not make sense to say that a weapon lawfully possessed itself.”Still, the ballot proposal “misleads voters to believe that any lawfully possessed assault weapons will continue to remain lawful,” the majority wrote.“As the opponents argue, if an individual registers and attests to lawful possession of an assault weapon, and then lends, gifts, or leaves in a will that assault weapon to a family member or friend, then that family member or friend would be in criminal violation of the initiative — a felony offense,” Thursday’s ruling said.Justice Jorge Labarga disagreed with the majority, writing in his dissent that “the ballot summary clearly summarizes the content of the proposed amendment.”The language objected to by the majority “is not affirmatively misleading,” Labarga wrote.“In fact, the language is accurate, and the majority simply concludes that the language is insufficiently narrow,” he added. “The ballot title and summary provide fair notice and equip voters to educate themselves about the details of the initiative. Consequently, the initiative should be placed on the ballot.”Gail Schwartz, the chairwoman of the political committee that is behind the proposal, is the aunt of Parkland student and victim Alex Schachter.“The Supreme Court, now controlled by the NRA in the same way as our governor and our Legislature, has fundamentally failed the people of Florida,” Schwartz said in a prepared statement Thursday.The court’s rejection of the amendment “does not change our commitment to rid Florida of these killing machines,” Schwartz continued. “After striving for two years for a safer state for our families, we’re just getting started.On the other hand, George Levesque, an attorney for the NRA, praised the Supreme Court decision.“I think it is a huge victory for those who enjoy their 2nd Amendment rights,” Levesque sad. “But it is also a victory for the people of Florida, in terms of making sure that when they are asked to amend their Constitution, they are going to get an accurate description of what the amendment does.” Attorney General Ashley Moody, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation opposed the amendment at the Supreme Court, while national gun-control groups such as Brady and numerous South Florida cities supported it.The Supreme Court reviews initiatives to determine whether ballot titles and summaries meet legal requirements before getting on the ballot. However, the court does not decide on the merits of the initiatives.Thursday’s 4-1 decision focused on part of the ballot summary that read the initiative “exempts and requires registration of assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to this provision’s effective date.”The court majority, comprised of Chief Justice Charles Canady and justices Ricky Polston, Alan Lawson and Carlos Muniz, said that provision “affirmatively misleads voters regarding the exemption” due to a contradiction within the text of the proposed amendment.That contradiction revolves around whether the exemption would apply to weapons or to the people who possess those weapons. The distinction could be important in situations such as if a gun owner dies.“Specifically, the next to last sentence of the ballot summary informs voters that the initiative ‘exempts and requires registration of assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to this provision’s effective date’ when in fact the initiative does no such thing,” the majority opinion said. “Contrary to the ballot summary, the initiative’s text exempts only ‘the person’s,’ meaning the current owner’s, possession of that assault weapon.”The proposal “does not categorically exempt the assault weapon, only the current owner’s possession of that assault weapon,” the majority added.I’m heartbroken to report that today, in a 4-1 decision, Florida’s Supreme Court, rejected the Ban Assault Weapons Now ballot initiative. This is a stark reminder that elections have consequences. Here is our official statement:— Gail Schwartz (@gailbarb1) June 4, 2020 The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to ban possession of assault-style weapons in the state does not meet the requirements to go for a public vote.Supporters of the Ban Assault Weapons NOW initiative did not submit enough petition signatures to make it on this year’s ballot. In addition, they will need support from the Supreme Court in order to go before voters in 2022. The group began the initiative following the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.last_img read more

Darnold likely to be NY Jets Week 1 starter

first_imgFormer USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the third-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will most likely be the starter for the Jets. (Daily Trojan file photo)Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, according to the NFL Network. He is the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in NFL history, at 21 years and 97 days old. Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, coming off a successful career at USC. In 2016, he led the Trojans to a nine-game win streak and a legendary Rose Bowl victory against Penn State. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold pulled off a 52-49 win to claim the title surrounded by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. In his two years at USC, he threw for a total of 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns. He constantly struggled with turnovers but could still manage to pull off the win. Darnold’s USC career ended with a disappointing Cotton Bowl appearance where the Trojans were defeated 24-7 by Ohio State.When the NFL Draft rolled around, there was a high probability of Darnold going as the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns; but the Browns went with Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield instead. The Jets took Darnold to become their next franchise player, and he was immediately placed in the New York spotlight to impress the coaches over the summer. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there, and the game isn’t too big for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told ESPN after preseason Week 3. “The stage isn’t too big for him. Really, when the lights come on, he gets better.”Darnold came out in the first two preseason games ready to show off his talent. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, he led the team to a 17-0 win by throwing 96 yards and completing 13-of-18 passes. He topped off his debut by throwing his first NFL touchdown. Preseason Week 2 was less of a show, as Darnold compiled only 62 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The rookie put up a 64.4 percent completion rate for 244 yards with two total touchdowns in preseason so far. Darnold has always had a calming presence on the field and an impressive ability to make reads, both areas in which he impressed the Jets staff. Darnold’s preseason starts were strong hints that he would take the starting spot, but it became obvious when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his staff expect to make the decision official after Thursday, when the Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason game.last_img read more

JAI vs PUN: Dream11 prediction for Pro Kabaddi League 2019 fixture

first_imgPro Kabaddi: Jaipur Pink PanthersWith just seven wins in 18 matches, the Pink Panthers are placed seventh on the points table. It’s a tough road ahead for the Rajasthan-based side as they need to win all their remaining matches to entertain any chances of qualifying for the playoffs. The Panther squad, however, will enjoy the home advantage in today’s game and will also take confidence from the fact that Jaipur defeated the Surjeet Singh-led side in their previous encounter this season. The match was held at the Arena during the Ahmedabad leg of the tournament.Also read | PKL 2019: Top Four Raiders In Pro Kabaddi League 2019 So FarPro Kabaddi: Puneri PaltanWith six wins and nine defeats in their 18 games so far, the Pune-based side are placed eighth in the current standings. Like Pink Panthers, the Paltan too have to win all their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs. The Surjeet Singh-led side needs to step-up their game tonight as they lost their previous contest to the 2014 winners. Puneri Paltan lost that game by 33-25 on August 15.Also Read | Kabaddi: Bengal Warriors Edge Out U Mumba 29-26 In A Nail-biterGoing forward, every game is a crucial contest for both sides as none of these two teams can afford another hiccup in the ongoing tournament. The match is scheduled for October 25 at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur. The contest will start at 20:30 IST, i.e. immediately after the end of tonight’s first of the double-header games. Catch all the action from Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan live only on Star Sports and Hotstar.Dream11 prediction for Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri PaltanDeepak Niwas Hooda, Pankaj Mohite, Sandeep Kumar Dhull, PO Surjeet Singh, Nilesh Salunkhe, Hadi Tajik, Nitin Tomar.Also Read | PKL Season 7: Narwal, Kumar & Sehrawat Top Raiders This Season 1 year ago Rajkummar Rao pinpoints where struggle lies for ‘Bollywood outsiders’, upholds talent and the audience 1 year ago ICC Test Championships decoded: Forget the World Cup, the real test is all set to begin 1 year ago Avatar and Titanic surpassed, Box Office titan James Cameron’s shoutout to Avengers: Endgame gets epic response COMMENT 1 year ago Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s must-see cheer for Jaipur Pink Panthers has Abhishek Bachchan chuffed, he calls her ‘lucky charm’ Written By 1 year ago WATCH: Here’s why Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan’s mothers are Bollywood’s most adorable First Published: 25th September, 2019 15:28 IST LIVE TV After more than two months and over 100 matches of thrilling action, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 has already witnessed many thrilling contests and exceptional individual performances. The seventh season of PKL, which kicked-off on July 20, has completed 105 of the 135 scheduled matches so far. With an off-day on Tuesday, the competition is all set to resume with Wednesday’s double-header at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur. PKL auction will kick-off with Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors at 19:30 IST which will be followed by Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan an hour later. With more than two-thirds of the tournament already completed, Dabang Delhi continues to lead the table. Meanwhile, Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan are placed at seventh and eighth position respectively.Also Read | Dream11 PKL: Bengaluru Bulls Vs Dabang Delhi Match PredictionPro Kabaddi 2019 Match 107: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan SUBSCRIBE TO US Aakash Saini FOLLOW US Last Updated: 25th September, 2019 15:28 IST JAI Vs PUN: Dream11 Prediction For Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Fixture Jaipur Pink Panthers will face Puneri Paltan in match no.107 of this PKL. The match will be telecasted live on Star Sports network from 8:30 PM onwards. WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMENDlast_img read more