** URGENT ROUND 8 ** FL- Help Needed To Stop Gun Registration Bill, Sched. March 16

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    Exclamation ** URGENT ROUND 8 ** FL- Help Needed To Stop Gun Registration Bill, Sched. March 16

    Time to arm ourselves with pens, pencils, typewriters or keyboards to make your opinions known to our Senators in Florida. It's always good to have legislation that promotes freedom and not restrict it, so ask your Senator to promote and vote for SB-530.

    Thanks!

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    ** URGENT ROUND 8 **
    Help Needed To Stop Gun Registration Bill
    Scheduled To Be Heard Tuesday, March 16


    Email Your State Senator Today

    DATE: March 11, 2010
    TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
    FROM: Marion P. Hammer
    USF Executive Director
    NRA Past President

    Senate Bill 530 by Senator Thad Altman (R) has been scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor Tuesday, March 16, 2010.

    SB-530 is a bill to STOP Florida adoption agencies from forcing potential adoptive parents to register their firearms with the agency as a condition of adoption. Further, it will stop agencies from forcing these parents to follow gun control regulations regarding storage of firearms and ammunition created by the agency.

    This outrageous behavior has been going on too long and it is time to stop it once and for all.

    Senator Altman's bill will stop this gun registration and regulation.

    You must act quickly. URGENT! The Senate Must Hear From You!

    PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL Members of the Florida Senate

    In the subject line put:

    SUPPORT SB-530 -- Stop Gun Registration by Adoption Agencies

    (Block and Copy All email addresses into the "Send To" box)

    alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov,
    altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov,
    aronberg.dave.web@flsenate.gov,
    atwater.jeff.web@flsenate.gov,
    baker.carey.web@flsenate.gov,
    bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov,
    bullard.larcenia.web@flsenate.gov,
    constantine.lee.web@flsenate.gov,
    crist.victor.web@flsenate.gov,
    dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov,
    detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov,
    deutch.ted.web@flsenate.gov,
    dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov,
    fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov,
    gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov,
    garcia.rudy.web@flsenate.gov,
    gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov,
    gelber.dan.web@flsenate.gov,
    haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov,
    hill.tony.web@flsenate.gov,
    jones.dennis.web@flsenate.gov,
    joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov,
    justice.charlie.web@flsenate.gov,
    lawson.alfred.web@flsenate.gov,
    lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov,
    negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov,
    oelrich.steve.web@flsenate.gov,
    peaden.durell.web@flsenate.gov,
    portilla.alex.web@flsenate.gov,
    rich.nan.web@flsenate.gov,
    richter.garrett@flsenate.gov,
    ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov,
    siplin.gary.web@flsenate.gov,
    smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov,
    sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov,
    storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov,
    thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov,
    villalobos.alex.web@flsenate.gov,
    wilson.frederica.web@flsenate.gov,
    wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov,

    BACKGROUND

    Adoption agencies in Florida are effectively profiling prospective adoptive parents who own firearms.

    Agencies have been treating applicants for adoption, who chose to exercise the constitutional right to own a firearm, differently than non-firearms owning applicants.

    As a condition of adoption, prospective parents who own firearms must agree to regulations and restriction imposed by the agency.

    At least one agency requires prospective parents who own a firearm or firearms, to store the firearms and ammunition separately in locked cabinets rendering the right of self-defense and defense of family virtually impossible.

    Further, applicants who own firearms are required to register their firearms and ammunition with the agency.

    The agency not only requires applicants to separately list the firearms and the ammunition they own on a form created by the agency, but also requires them to report to the agency exactly where the firearms and ammunition are stored.

    These agencies have set themselves above the law and have ignored the statutes.

    State law regulates the safe storage of firearms. F.S. 790.174, regulates how firearms must be stored and provides criminal penalties when firearms are accessed by minors due to a failure to store firearms safely.

    State law prohibits agencies from attempting to regulate firearms. F.S. 790.33 prohibits any regulation of firearms except by the Legislature. The Legislature exclusively occupies the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition.

    State law prohibits registration of firearms. F.S. 790.335 prohibits the compiling of and retention of lists of firearms owners and firearms. Forms required by some adoption agencies constitute a registry of firearms and firearms owners.

    Under 790.335(4)(a), office managers and officials who are a party to the collection and storage of firearms registration documents commit a felony of the third degree.

    Under 790.335(4)(c) these agencies or organizations, as licensed agencies acting on behalf of the government, who register firearms are subject to a fine of up to $5 million.

    While some adoption agencies have attempted to claim their firearms regulations and forms were authorized or required by DCF, DCF actually repealed those regulations in April, 2008.

    This bill makes it clear that adoption agencies may not condition adoption on a person's exercise of a constitutional right or a person's willingness to disclose private information concerning lawful firearms ownership nor may adoption agencies impose restrictions on firearms ownership.

    This bill codifies in law that adoption agencies may not violate rights, profile or discriminate against firearms owners who seek to foster or adopt children.

    Prospective parents seeking to adopt and make a home for a child are particularly vulnerable to abusive tactics of agency officials and personnel who appear to have a predisposition against firearms owners.

    Forcing prospective parents to submit to requirements that usurp their legal rights and violate their privacy is nothing short of coercion. It must be stopped.
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference."
    - GEORGE WASHINGTON

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    Thank you for telling us about this. I just sent an email to the senators asking them to support this bill. I plan to also email a few friends and ask for them to do the same.

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    Got an email from Senator Dave Aronberg today thanking me for writing. The email says he supported the legislation and that it was passed, 38-2.

    I love my state sometimes. Now adoptive parents won't have to face adoption agencies trying to control who owns a gun to defend their family.

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    Talking Report: Round 8 & 9 gun registration will be stopped by passage of bill

    Excellent job everyone! I think the results show how effective our emails were. One more victory for the good side. Just remember that the anti-gun movement NEVER goes away. We will have to keep defending freedom because that is the job and role of freedom loving, patriotic American citizens. You and me! If no-one else will stand up for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then we must and will!

    Thank you to all of you who consistently join in the cause of liberty.


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    REPORT: ROUND 8 & 9 GUN REGISTRATION WILL BE STOPPED BY PASSAGE OF BILL

    GOV. CHARLIE CRIST SIGNALS THUMBS UP !!

    DATE: March 18, 2010
    TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
    FROM: Marion P. Hammer
    USF Executive Director
    NRA Past President

    On Tuesday, March 16th SB-530 by Sen. Thad Altman (R) and HB-315 by Rep. Mike Horner (R) were each heard on their respective floors.

    SB-530 and HB-315 are bills to STOP Florida adoption agencies from forcing potential adoptive parents to register their firearms with the agency as a condition of adoption. Further, it stops agencies from forcing these parents to follow gun control regulations regarding storage of firearms and ammunition created by the agency.

    In the Senate, Sen. Charlie Justice (D) ran an amendment to add a prohibition against discrimination against Gay couples who want to adopt. After debate by several south Florida Democrats, Sen. Justice withdrew the amendment.

    In the House, Rep. Scott Randolph (D) ran an amendment to add a prohibition against discrimination against Gay couples who want to adopt. He spoke in favor of his amendment then withdrew it.

    Both bills were then scheduled for debate and a final vote on Thursday 3/18.

    Today, Thursday 3/18, HB-315 came up on the House Floor and Passed by a vote of 112-0. It was then sent to the Senate where it was substituted for SB-530. Following debate on the Senate Floor it Passed by a vote of 38-2.

    The only two votes against the bill were from Sen. Ted Deutch (D-Delray Beach) and Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens)
    The bill now goes to Governor Charlie Crist who says he strongly supports the bill and will sign it.

    The following deserve your thanks
    for their roles in passing HB-315: Bill Sponsors Senator Thad Altman and Rep. Mike Horner.

    Senate President Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Larry Cretul for their support in moving the bills early.

    (Block and Copy All email addresses into the "Send To" box)

    altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov,
    atwater.jeff.web@flsenate.gov,
    Larry.Cretul@myfloridahouse.gov,
    Mike.Horner@myfloridahouse.gov,

    FINALLY, YOUR EMAILS ON THESE BILLS HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMING AND CLEARLY MADE THE DIFFERENCE. WHEN THEY HEAR FROM YOU THEY KNOW YOU CARE -- AND THEY KNOW YOU VOTE !!! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP ON THIS ONE -- MORE TO FOLLOW.



    BACKGROUND ON WHY THE BILL WAS NECESSARY

    Adoption agencies in Florida are effectively profiling prospective adoptive parents who own firearms.

    Agencies have been treating applicants for adoption, who chose to exercise the constitutional right to own a firearm, differently than non-firearms owning applicants.

    As a condition of adoption, prospective parents who own firearms must agree to regulations and restriction imposed by the agency.

    At least one agency requires prospective parents who own a firearm or firearms, to store the firearms and ammunition separately in locked cabinets - rendering the right of self-defense and defense of family virtually impossible.

    Further, applicants who own firearms are required to register their firearms and ammunition with the agency.

    The agency not only requires applicants to separately list the firearms and the ammunition they own on a form created by the agency, but also requires them to report to the agency exactly where the firearms and ammunition are stored.

    These agencies have set themselves above the law and have ignored the statutes.

    State law regulates the safe storage of firearms. F.S. 790.174, regulates how firearms must be stored and provides criminal penalties when firearms are accessed by minors due to a failure to store firearms safely.

    State law prohibits agencies from attempting to regulate firearms. F.S. 790.33 prohibits any regulation of firearms except by the Legislature. The Legislature exclusively occupies the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition.

    State law prohibits registration of firearms. F.S. 790.335 prohibits the compiling of and retention of lists of firearms owners and firearms. Forms required by some adoption agencies constitute a registry of firearms and firearms owners.

    Under 790.335(4)(a), office managers and officials who are a party to the collection and storage of firearms registration documents commit a felony of the third degree.

    Under 790.335(4)(c) these agencies or organizations, as licensed agencies acting on behalf of the government, who register firearms are subject to a fine of up to $5 million.

    While some adoption agencies have attempted to claim their firearms regulations and forms were authorized or required by DCF, DCF actually repealed those regulations in April, 2008.

    This bill makes it clear that adoption agencies may not condition adoption on a person's exercise of a constitutional right or a person's willingness to disclose private information concerning lawful firearms ownership - nor may adoption agencies impose restrictions on firearms ownership.

    This bill codifies in law, that adoption agencies may not violate rights, profile or discriminate against firearms owners who seek to foster or adopt children.

    Prospective parents seeking to adopt and make a home for a child are particularly vulnerable to abusive tactics of agency officials and personnel who appear to have a predisposition against firearms owners.

    Forcing prospective parents to submit to requirements that usurp their legal rights and violate their privacy is nothing short of coercion. It must be stopped.
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference."
    - GEORGE WASHINGTON

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