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SB 234 is on the agenda of the FL Senate Committee on Criminal Justice on Tuesday, February 22nd at 9:00am. Florida Carry, Inc. urgently requests that you email via the members of the committee in support of Senate Bill 234.
This NRA authored bill comprises several separate initiatives. These include the option for CWFL holders to carry openly; a provision to authorize carry at career centers, colleges, and universities; the right to store a firearm in one's vehicle wherever it may be lawfully parked; the authorization for the Department of Agriculture to take fingerprints; the repeal of Florida’s ban on long gun purchases in most other states. Quite simply put, this is the most comprehensive carry rights bill since shall-issue concealed carry was passed twenty-four years ago.
Florida is one of only seven states where open carry of firearms is generally forbidden, excepting under certain circumstances. Arguments against open carry generally consist of concerns regarding the fearful reactions of the general population. Some have suggested that an open carrier becomes an instant target, having his firearm snatched by a criminal in line at a convenience store. The facts simply do not support those allegations. In states where open carry is lawfully practiced, citizens have become accustomed to the understanding that a holstered weapon is a danger to no one. There have been no wholesale attacks on open carriers, nor have open carriers been shot with their own weapons. Police officers are not fearful of open carriers as they know that a 5-year FBI crime study has shown that criminals do not open carry, nor do they carry in holsters. Criminals shun attention, something that the open carrying of a firearm invariably draws to some extent. Not a single state that has legalized open carry in recent years has repealed the right.
In 1987, open carry was outlawed primarily because of the predictions of wild west shootouts, blood in the streets, gun battles over parking spaces, and normally law abiding people indiscriminately becoming homicidal maniacs. The main opponent of open carry was Janet Reno, then assistant state attorney. She was able to rally support from a vocal group of police administrators with the doom and gloom scenarios. Amazingly enough, the exact same arguments were heard against "shall-issue" concealed carry. Twenty-four years later, and none of the rampant bloodshed predictions about concealed carry have come true.
With regard to carry on colleges and universities, it is not coincidence that most of the mass shootings in the U.S. occur on the campuses of educational institutions. To believe that a potential assailant would be dissuaded from committing mass murder simply because there is a law forbidding him to bring a firearm on campus is pure folly. Rape, robbery, assault, and murder have all occurred on campuses across the country.
College and university administrators continue to deny the reality that by prohibiting students, faculty, staff, and visitors from defending themselves promotes an unsafe environment. Often ignored by opponents is the fact that only concealed weapons/firearms license holders would be permitted to carry on campus, and the minimum age requirement to have a license is 21. Those students under 21 would not be permitted to carry on campus. Once again, the potential criminals do not care about minimum age or having a license. After all, there are no barriers to access on most campuses. Florida Carry, Inc. supports SB 234, and encourages all gun owners/carriers to join us in contacting the senators on the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Please tell them 24 years is enough.
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Support SB 234 – Support the Second Amendment
This e-mail is to express my support for Senate Bill 234, Firearms. As a member of the Florida Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, you will be hearing this bill on Tuesday, February 22nd. I respectfully ask that you wholeheartedly support this bill.
The predictions of doom and gloom that preceded the adoption of "shall-issue" concealed carry have been proven to be fiction. For twenty-four years, Florida concealed weapons/firearms license holders have proven themselves to be responsible to the extreme. Since 1987, only 168 of nearly two-million licenses have been revoked due to misuse of firearms. It is time to recognize that responsibility by giving those licensees the option to carry their firearms in the manner that is most appropriate to their situation, openly or concealed. In the 43 states that permit some form of general open carry, not a single state has repealed that right.
It is also time to recognize that criminals have discovered a target-rich environment at colleges and universities. Rapes, robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes continually occur at and near campuses on students, faculty, and staff alike. Concealed weapons/firearms license holders should not have to relinquish the ability to defend themselves because of a mistaken belief that criminals obey campus restrictions.
Please support SB 234.
Every day, we as Americans call upon our military members to lay their lives on the line in defense of our country. Overseas, we give them the hardware necessary to defend their lives. However, we often leave them defenseless while on leave at home. There have been several instances of late involving military members being injured or killed while on leave or just returned home from overseas due to violent acts by criminals.
Today, Representative Brad Drake filed HB 499 on behalf of Florida Carry, Inc., and our thousands of servicemembers stationed or deployed overseas.
The bill is simple. It directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a concealed carry license to any servicemember or veteran who applies without regard to age or residency status. The military applicant must still meet all other licensing criteria including background checks. The bill also requires that the DOACS accept fingerprints from any military law enforcement unit or provost.
Florida Carry, Inc. believes that if we can entrust our military members to protect our lives overseas, we can entrust them to lawfully defend the lives of themselves and their families while stateside.
House Bill 45, sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz and it's companion, Senate Bill 402, sponsored by Sen. Joe Negron. is a long-overdue initiative to rectify an serious oversight made twenty-four years ago by the Florida legislature.
In 1987, §790.33 Florida Statutes became law. This law, referred to as the preemption statute, declared that the Florida legislature was occupying the entire field of regulation relating to firearms and ammunition, and declared that all existing and future ordinances, rules, and regulations passed by counties, cities, and municipalities were null and void. Lacking any way to enforce the statute led to these local jurisdictions to ignore it and continue passing local laws in violation of it.
HB45/SB402 has the following provisions:
In view of the fact that this bill will restore the Florida legislature's orginal intent in occupying the entire field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, Florida Carry, Inc. fully supports this bill. We urge the committees to approve the bill, the legislature to approve it, and encourages the Governor to sign this bill into law at his earliest opportunity.
Laws prohibiting mass murder at penalty of death are obviously too weak.Making it illegal to be armed while within 1000 feet of a politician would have stopped this tragedy in Arizona where six people were killed and fourteen, including a U.S. Congresswoman, were wounded.
Ridiculous?Most people think so, but that is the exact logic being used by Rep. Peter King (R) of NY.He proposes a 1000 foot defense-free-zone be established around him and other lawmakers that he thinks will deter insane murderers like Jared Lee Loughner.
Jared Lee Loughner Mug Shot
ABC News reports that Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, said "People have become suspicious of the ability of laws to make a difference, and I think that when they look at shootings like this they think laws didn't stop this from happening".
For once we agree with the Brady Campaign.Making another law to disarm law abiding citizens does nothing but insure that an active shooter like Jared Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho, or Amy Bishop are able to open fire and not be shot until they have succeeded in committing mass murder.
Clay Duke in Florida was stopped once he opened fire because the school district’s head of security, Mike Jones, has a concealed firearms license and utilized Florida’s law that allows licensed employees to keep guns locked in their cars. When Duke pulled out his gun, thankfully, he did not immediately open fire. This gave Mr. Jones time to run to his car to get his gun and return in time. Police arrived after it was all over.
One of the first responders to the attack in Tucson was a lawfully armed citizen. Joe Zamudio was at a near by pharmacy when shots rang out. He rushed toward the attack but was to far away to stop the shooter before Loughner attempted to reload and was tackled. Mr. Zamudio never drew his weapon, but insured that the person who was now holding the gun was not the shooter and helped hold Loughner until police arrived. If only a concealed carrier had been closer at hand.
Rep. King’s magical 1000 foot, no legal guns here, force field would lead to more deaths of innocent people.