The State of Florida has many hurdles to overcome to protect its residents, not only in terms of healthcare access, and safe schools, but in everyday activities of life undertaken without fear from the dangers of gun violence. Michael Weinstein’s life is rooted in Florida and his interests are personal and professional to protect all families and residents of the State of Florida.
He is positioned to serve and fight for the injustices in the State, and be the engine toward positive change and transition in areas most needed to deliver complete and focused social services and protections for all Florida residents. Michael Weinstein has the professional expertise and personal investment to lead Florida, as he and his family live in House District 81. His focuses will push the agenda to address the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, expand access to Medicaid, and ensure women’s rights are not negatively affected by proposed changes in the federal and state laws.
Michael has had exposure to the horrors of gun violence while working as Assistant State Attorney, and will fight for change to keep guns out of our communities, schools, and homes. Working as a criminal defense lawyer, Michael sees firsthand how gun violence can ruin a person’s future.
This bill makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD). The prohibition does not apply to a firearm that is (1) manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (2) permanently inoperable; (3) an antique; or (4) a rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model.
The bill permits continued possession, sale, or transfer of a grandfathered SAW, which must be securely stored. A licensed gun dealer must conduct a background check prior to the sale or transfer of a grandfathered SAW between private parties. The bill permits continued possession of, but prohibits sale or transfer of, a grandfathered LCAFD. Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification. Newly manufactured SAWs and LCAFDs must display the date of manufacture. The bill also allows a state or local government to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program.
To date, 38 states (including DC) have adopted the Medicaid expansion and 13 states have not adopted the expansion. In Florida, a recent Medicaid expansion ballot initiative effort was delayed by its organizing committee to the 2022 ballot. On January 14, 2020, Democratic legislators introduced bills in both the state House and Senate to put a constitutional amendment expanding Medicaid to a statewide vote, but these are likely to fail in the Republican-controlled legislature.
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court announced its landmark rulings that legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Two days later, a New York Times editorial predicted that the decisions offered “a sound foundation for final and reasonable resolution” of the abortion debate. Yet, in fact, the struggle that had resulted in the Supreme Court victories was far from over. Few in 1973 could have anticipated how explosive the issue of abortion would become and how difficult the right would be to retain. Nor could anyone then have known how much the availability of safe legal abortion would contribute to women’s social, economic, and political advancement in the next quarter of a century.
Abortion was not illegal in most states until the second half of the nineteenth century. Before then, medical experts and other commentators believed that abortion was commonly sought and widely available. Opposition to abortion began to emerge from several directions through physicians who did not want competition, native-born white Americans concerned about race suicide, and concern for the evolution of women advancing out of traditional roles as wives and mothers toward avenues of individual economic freedoms. Most made an exception only for abortions undertaken to preserve a woman’s life.
A current challenge is the assurance of the right to choose. Michael Weinstein will do his best to protect that right after the federal court deferred some of those powers to individual states, where bans on public funding for abortion rob low-income women of the right to choose by depriving them of the means to exercise their choice. State constitutions are charged with efforts to restore low-income women’s rights through access to Medicaid.
Michael Weinstein will fight for protections for all Floridians regarding these three very important societal issues.