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Gun grabbers in Florida are pedal-to-the-metal in their attempt to disarm victims and make life easier for criminals.

Fortunately for Floridians, those who believe in the Constitution are fighting back and a Jacksonville man is among them.

Channel 4 has reported that Radford Fant of Jacksonville has joined a suit in federal court challenging a law that raises the age to buy rifles from 18 to 21. The NRA also is a plaintiff.

Fant is the son of former State Rep. Jay Fant and grandson of former City Councilman Hickory Fant, a well-known local banker.

“At 18 years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for almost all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights,” the NRA’s lawyers wrote. “At 18, citizens are eligible to serve in the military — to fight and die by arms for the country.”

People under 21 still are prohibited from buying a handgun in Florida.

But despite this and hundreds of other laws, gun grabbers in Florida continue to press for draconian new laws.

There currently is a proposed constitutional amendment to ban “assault weapons,” which in Libspeak means “scary looking guns that trigger us.”

In their lame attempts to define assault weapons, gun grabbers focus on cosmetic items such as flash suppressors and pistol grips that do nothing to make a weapon more lethal.

Defenders of the Second Amendment in the Florida Legislature are countering the blitz with proposals to allow open carry, among other things.

A law passed in 1987 actually allowed open carry but a media frenzy led to its repeal not long afterward.

Florida has more than 1 million people with concealed carry permits, and violent crimes are declining.

But they still occur.

Gun grabbers typically seize upon tragedies such as shootings in Broward County and Orlando to further their agenda.

If Fant’s lawsuit prevails, it will only be a small step forward but the left’s constant attacks mean there will be new attempts, so people who value freedom will have to remain alert, and vote.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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