REPORT ** ROUND 12 ** HELP Restore Rights to CW License Holders
Includes CW License Open-Carry ** CW License Guns-In-Vehicles ** Purchase of Long Guns in other states
DATE: March 24, 2011
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President
HB-517 by Rep. Chris Dorworth (R) was heard in the House Judiciary Committee today Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:00am
HB-517 is a bill that makes much needed changes to the "Right-to-Carry" law -- also know as the Concealed Weapons Licensing law. It also makes changes to firearms purchase law to conform to federal law.
HB-517 PASSED by a vote of 14-4
This Committee NEEDS to Hear From You. They did not get enough email from you and some were a little shaky when they voted. PLEASE SEND THEM EMAIL THANKING THEM FOR VOTING IN FAVOR OF HB-517
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL Members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted for HB-517 -- They NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW !!!!!!!
In the subject line put:
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING HB-517 -- to RESTORE 2nd Amendment Rights
(Block and Copy All email addresses into the "Send To" box)
Below are the 4 committee members who voted against the bill:
# 1. The open carry provision addresses the problem of accidental or unintentional exposure of a firearm being carried by license holder. As silly as it may sound, if a license holder is carrying a concealed firearm and the wind blows a jacket or shirt open exposing the firearm, the person can be charged with a crime for violating the open carry law. Anytime a license holder accidentally or unintentionally exposes the firearm whether reaching for something on a top shelf or bending over to pick up something, he/she can be charged with a crime. This bill fixes that problem.
The cries of anti-gunners with predictions of horrible thing resulting from "Open Carry" are pure nonsense. Adding the provision of Open Carry for Concealed Weapons License holders will NOT present problems. While some gun haters may not want to remove this needless restriction, there have been no problems in other states.
According to the anti-gun Brady Campaign, -- 46 states allow Open Carry. Of those, 34 states allow open carry without a permit or license while 12 states require a permit to carry openly. (FLORIDA TODAY 1/7/2011, Change would relax handgun law)
What the spokesperson (Brian Malte, State Legislative Director) for the Brady Campaign -- the national gun control/gun ban group -- said is that open carry COULD BE TROUBLESOME. He, said "Open carrying of loaded guns is problematic for public safety and for law enforcement. It is frightening to see people carrying loaded weapons in urban and suburban environments."
What the Brady Campaign fails to report is that Open Carry is not now, nor has it ever been a problem. Actually, only 7 states, including Florida, prohibit Open Carry. It's time to remove that unnecessary government restriction on Second Amendment rights in Florida.
Adding "open carry" for CW License holders to the law to avoid the "open carry" glitch doesn't mean they will carry openly.
FIREARMS CARRY IN A VEHICLE:
#2. The bill simply says that if a person has a carry license, nothing shall prohibit the carry or storage of a firearm in a vehicle -- except the exemptions in the parking lot law.
A case last summer highlighted the need. A cemetery arbitrarily banned guns on cemetery property. A father who has a license to carry had already buried his son in that cemetery. He always carries a gun in his truck and frequently visits his son's grave. The father was presented with 3 choices. (a) Quit carrying a gun in his vehicle; (b) Risk being charged with a felony for trespass with a firearm; or (c) Move his son's body to another cemetery. I submit that those choices are outrageous. This fixes that outrageous denial of Second Amendment rights.
REPEAL OF CONTIGUOUS STATE LANGUAGE:
#3. The bill repeals s. 790.28 which is the provision that allows purchase of rifles and shotguns in contiguous states.
In 1979 s. 790.28 was passed to conform to federal law. At the time, Federal law required the contiguous state language to be passed in order for residents to be able to exercise their right to purchase long guns in adjoining states.
Federal law has now changed to allow purchase of long guns in any other state. However, In order for Florida residents to be able to exercise those rights, s. 790.28 must be repealed and new conforming language added to our statutes. This bill does that.