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The next few weeks can be a big opportunity for gun rights here in Florida, but despite having a Republican governor, and a Republican-controlled legislature, it is going to require your help! Starting this week, a series of gun rights bills will be making their way through the legislature, and FLCA is going to keep a Score Card, tracking which of our senators and representatives are going to vote for or against your rights!
We will be keeping you briefed on the bills that are coming up for committee consideration or votes, and will update you on which of your elected representatives have voted against your right to self-defense! We also will help you let those elected representatives know how you feel about that! This coming week, the following bills are scheduled to be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary committee:
ACTION ITEM 1
FLCA supports passage of all four of these bills. Use either of the the links below to send an email to the nine members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, letting them know you want them to support each of these bills as well!
Or us the link below.
ACTION ITEM 2
Specific Action on Vote TODAY
SB 616 - Courthouse Carry and SB 646 - Open Carrying to be heard by Senate Judiciary Committee
Bills scheduled for hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY, March 7th, at 4 pm.
Contact Legislators NOW!
SB 616 - Courthouse carry, does NOT authorize carry in courthouses. This good bill authorizes courthouses to temporarily store those firearms carried lawfully while licensees are conducting business at courthouses.
On occasion, licensees must visit a prohibited place like a courthouse. Whether it be for jury duty or as a result of a summons or subpoena, these visits are often mandatory. This leaves the licensee with a dilemma - leave the firearm at home and be unarmed during the entire period, or leave the firearm in one's vehicle and risk it being stolen. Neither is acceptable.
The bill simply provides that a courthouse is still a prohibited place for carry, however a licensee may present his firearm to courthouse security personnel for temporary storage during the carrier's visit. Upon completion of the visit, the firearm is to be returned to the licensee.
FLORIDA CARRY ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORTS THIS GOOD BILL!
SB 646 - Open carrying, decriminalizes temporarily exposing one's firearm for licensees, and prohibits law enforcement from arresting licensed individuals who are lawfully carrying concealed and whose firearm becomes temporarily visible.
A serious problem since the 2011 gutting of SB 234, the original open carry bill, this bill also removes the ambiguous "brief exposure" language and replaces it with "temporarily and openly displayed". Coupled with the decriminalization and prohibiting arrest of licensees, the bill is a positive despite open carry remaining prohibited.
Please, take a few moments to ask the committee members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support SB 616 and SB 646.
In the subject line put: SUPPORT SB-646 & SB-616 in Senate Judiciary Committee
Far too often when considering firearm related bills, opponents fail to recognize that licensees are a distinct demographic from felons/criminals. Between 1987 and 2012, over two million carry licenses were issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Licensing Division. During that period, only 6/1000ths of 1 percent (168) licenses were revoked for a crime involving a firearm.
The Legislature placed its trust and faith in the licensing system, and in the Florida citizens who choose to lawfully carry. Licensees have not only met, but far exceeded those expectations. It is well beyond time the Legislature recognizes that statistically documented fact, and relieves unnecessary burdens on the licensee.
Please support both SB 616 and 646.
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
― Mahatma Gandhi