GOP Mega Donor: No More Money Without 'Assault Weapons' Ban

GOP Mega Donor: No More Money Without 'Assault Weapons' Ban

Al Hoffman Jr., a big-shot GOP donor from Florida, announced on Saturday that he will no longer contribute money to any candidates or groups that don't support a ban on assault weapons for civilian use, the New York Times reports.

"For how many years now have we been doing this - having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings - and how many years has it been that nothing's been done?"

My longstanding view on this is that "assault weapons" are poorly defined and that banning them would have little impact on the mass killing epidemic.

Gun violence survivors, activists and others have been calling for stricter gun control laws this week in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead. Hoffman. "It's the end of the road for me".

The loss of Hoffman's support could be especially harmful to Scott, who is considering a Senate bid this year.

The former US ambassador to Portugal drew on the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people, both of which were performed with an assault rifle.

Rubio is among those to receive multiple donations from Hoffman, according to federal campaign records.

Republican lawmakers in Florida have pushed back on gun control initiatives, despite the state being the site of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando - the second-worst mass shooting in USA history that left 49 dead.

Among those who received the email were Florida Gov. The Florida-based former ambassador to Portugal has donated millions to GOP candidates and political groups over the years, reported the paper. Mr. Hoffman told the New York Times.

Although several gun bills were introduced during the state's ongoing legislative session, the only one likely to pass - HB 1419 and its companion SB 1048 - expands the rights of a licensed person to carry a concealed weapon inside a church or other house of worship.

But many Republicans have sought to turn attention away from the gun control debate, saying that reform efforts should focus on mental illness and accusing Democrats of politicizing the shooting.

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