DeSantis Rejects Surgeon General’s Gun Violence Advisory, Cites Constitutional Concerns

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared that his state will not comply with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory on gun violence, labeling it “unconstitutional.”

DeSantis made this clear in a statement on the social platform X on Wednesday, condemning the advisory issued by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy as an overreach of federal power.

As per the source The Hill it was stated that “We will not comply,” DeSantis wrote. “Florida will always reject the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional power grabs.”

The governor’s stance is reminiscent of his resistance to pandemic-era health measures, which he also criticized as government overreach.

Murthy’s advisory, issued on Tuesday, labeled firearm violence as a public health crisis and called for measures such as universal background checks, secure firearm storage, and bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

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“Firearm violence is a public health crisis,” Murthy stated. “Our failure to address it is a moral crisis.”

DeSantis, who recently signed a law allowing Floridians to carry concealed guns without a permit, argued that these measures infringe upon Second Amendment rights.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) echoed DeSantis’s sentiment, calling the advisory an extension of the Biden Administration’s “war on law-abiding gun owners.”

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