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These 3 items will be heard on separate days so if you do not want to all today you can space them out. The last one, SM630 will be heard tomorrow the 17th. On Wednesday the 18th HB 163 and on Thursday the 18th is HB 4001.
Tallahassee Legislative Alert
November 16, 2015
Call to action to protect our right to bear arms and a call to action to reign in career politicians in Washington DC.
HB 163 Open Carry
On Wednesday November 18th HB 163 Open Carry bill will be heard in the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. HB 163 provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon may also openly carry such firearm or weapon.
45 states allow “Open Carry”, Florida is one of only five states that prohibit open carry: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina. It is time for Florida to separate from New York, California and Illinois and join the rest of the country to recognize our natural right to defend ourselves and that bearing Arms is a right that cannot be infringed upon in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Open Carry creates more of a deterrent to criminals, just carrying a concealed weapon does not alert a criminal that you have a firearm. Many studies report criminals will avoid an armed person or home when selecting a victim.
HB 163 has already passed its first committee stop and the anti-gun groups are gearing up to stop HB 163 next week. We need to make sure the members of House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee hear from us that cherish our right to self-protection.
According to the Department of Justice 2012 report; Murder rates are 5% higher in non-open carry states, Aggravated assault rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states, Violent crime rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states and Robbery rates are 36% higher in non-open carry states
CALL TO ACTION #1
The House Open Carry bill, HB 163 will be heard in the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee this Wednesday November 18, 2015 at 1:00AM. (?)
Please call and e-mail the following members of the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and tell them to support HB 163.
Ahern, Larry (850) 717-5066
Burgess, Daniel (850) 717-5038
Eisnaugle, Eric (850) 717-5044
Latvala, Chris (850) 717-5067
McGhee, Kionne (850) 717-5117
Metz, Larry (850) 717-5032
Miller, Mike (850) 717-5047
Peters, Kathleen (850) 717-5069
Pritchett, Sharon (850) 717-5102
Rodríguez, José (850) 717-5112
Rouson, Darryl (850) 717-5070
Spano, Ross (850) 717-5059
Trujillo, Carlos (850) 717-5105
AND/OR Copy and paste the following to your email and tell them to SUPPORT HB 163
HB 4001 Campus Carry
On Thursday November 19th, HB 4001 Campus Carry bill will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. HB 4001 will repeal the law that prohibits citizens with a concealed weapons permit from carrying their weapon on Florida Campuses.
Our Colleges and Universities are now "Gun Free Zones" and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves. Despite unproven claims from the anti-gun rights groups, eight States have “Campus Carry” including Utah for the last ten years and Utah University officials report no improper incidents on campus in that 10 year time period.
HB 4001 has already passed two committees and The Judiciary Committee will be the last committee stop before being ready to be voted on the floor of the House of Representatives in January. Unfortunately many Law Enforcement Agencies and other anti-gun rights groups are pulling out all the stops by continuing to spread false and unproven claims. Let's make sure that the members of the House Judiciary Committee hear from those of us that will not let our freedoms and liberties be violated.
CALL TO ACTION #2
The House Campus Carry bill HB 4001 will be heard in the Judiciary Committee this Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:00 AM.
Please call and e-mail the following members of the House Judiciary Committee and tell them to vote yes on HB 4001.
Burton, Colleen (850) 717-5040
Dudley, Dwight (850) 717-5068
Edwards, Katie A. (850) 717-5098
Fant, Jay (850) 717-5015
Gonzalez, Julio (850) 717-5074
Harrell, Gayle B. (850) 717-5083
Hudson, Matt (850) 717-5080
Kerner, Dave (850) 717-5087
McBurney, Charles (850) 717-5016
Metz, Larry (850) 717-5032
Moskowitz, Jared Evan (850) 717-5097
Passidomo, Kathleen C. (850) 717-5106
Plakon, Scott (850) 717-5029
Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Michelle (850) 717-5009
Rodríguez, José Javier (850) 717-5112
Stone, Charlie (850) 717-5022
Trujillo, Carlos (850) 717-5105
Wood, John (850) 717-5041
AND/OR Copy and paste the following to your email and tell them to Vote YES on HB 4001
SM 630 Term Limits
On Tuesday November 17th, SM 630 will be heard in the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee. SM 630 is an Application to Congress to call a convention under Article V of the Constitution of the United States with the sole agenda of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to set a limit on the number of terms that a person may be elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives and to set a limit on the number of terms that a person may be elected as a member of the United States Senate.
Washington DC is badly broken and we have a Congress that does not listen to the voters. Incumbent’s campaigns are financed by big money “special interests” and principled citizens wanting to run for Congress do not have a chance to win. We need to break the entrenched bureaucracy by having term limits on Congress. The problem is Congress will never relinquish their stranglehold on power and it is up to us take control.
SM 630 would create an application by the Florida Legislature under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, calling for a single-issue amendment convention limited to the agenda of congressional term limits. 34 state legislatures must pass the same application to mandate Congress to call a convention for term limits.
The Founders created the amendment-by-convention because they believed there would be times when the interests of the Congress and that of the states and the people would conflict. Florida law, as well as laws in other states, prohibit convention delegates from proposing or ratifying anything other than the issue specified in the convention call. When a term limits amendment is passed by the convention, it then would have to be ratified by 38 states.
CALL TO ACTION #3
SM 630 will be heard in the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee this Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 3:30PM.
Please call and e-mail the members of the Senate Ethic and Elections Committee and tell them to support SM 630.
Braynon, Oscar 850-487-5036
Clemens, Jeff 850-487-5027
Flores, Anitere 850-487-5037
Gaetz, Don 850-487-5001
Hays, Alan 850-487-5011
Legg, John 850-487-5017
Negron, Joe 850-487-5032
Richter, Garrett 850-487-5023
Smith, Christopher 850-487-5031
Thompson, Geraldine 850-487-5012
AND/OR Copy and paste the following to your email and tell them to support SM 630