LEGISLATIVE ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 12, 2011

 

SB 234 - FL Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Hearing scheduled for 2/22/11

 

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 Not a single state that has legalized open carry in recent years has repealed the right.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.

We urgently need you to email the committee members NOW!
Include “Support SB 234” in the Subject Line

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Support SB 234 – Support the Second Amendment


Dear Senator, 

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.

Respectfully yours,

 

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OpenCarry.org

(A pro-gun Internet community of over 22,000 registered members)

For Immediate Release – October 17, 2010

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Rick Scott Promises to Sign Open Carry Bill for Florida

Alex Sink Campaign Treats Open Carry Organizers like DMV Customers

Florida Open Carry to Hold “Open Carry Fish-Ins

on Nov. 6th in Jacksonville, Tampa, Daytona, St. Augustine, and Ft. Myers

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Florida is one of only 7 states banning the open carry of properly holstered handguns, but apparently that doesn’t bother Florida’s Democratic candidate for Governor, Alex Sink, or her campaign managers.

Over the last two weeks Sink’s campaign staffers have stiff-armed repeated requests from both OpenCarry.org and Florida Open Carry for her position on restoring open carry rights in Florida. The question put to them was pretty straight forward:

“If a future legislature passed a bill restoring open carry rights in Florida, would a Governor Sink be inclined to sign it?”

Sink’s staffer “Jasmine” told Florida Open Carry’s Sean Caranna that the issue would need further “staffing and research” and that Jasmine did not know which department was handling the request but regardless, "you will just have to wait for them to get back to you.”

“It was like talking to the DMV,” said Caranna, noting that “this late in the campaign you’d think the Sink people would be more on the ball regarding major public policy questions like gun rights.”

But it didn’t take long for Republican Rick Scott to provide a position on open carry. Within hours of OpenCarry.org’s inquiry last week, the Scott campaign provided this remarkably straightforward statement from Mr. Scott on the open carry issue:

“As a member of the NRA and a hunter, I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I will protect our fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Florida is one of only seven states with wide prohibition on carrying an unconcealed firearm. Repealing the ban on unconcealed or Open Carry will eliminate practical and constitutional problems in Florida.”

According OpenCarry.org’s John Pierce,

"The choice before Florida gun owners on November 2d is very stark. Voters must choose between a candidate with her head in the sand on gun rights, or Rick Scott who is clearly NOT in the closet when it comes to gun rights.”

Meanwhile, no matter who wins the governor’s race, open carry organizers in Florida are driving on with both (1) an online petition to restore Florida open carry rights at http://open-carry.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=63

and (2) open carry “fish-in” events on Nov. 6th in Jacksonville, Tampa, Daytona, St. Augustine, and Ft. Myers; see http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133834343298930#!/event.php?eid=159313010756280.

NOTE 1: Currently Floridians who want to open carry must be fishing or en-route to/from fishing; no gun carry permit required, only a fishing license.

NOTE 2: Florida Open Carry’s Sean Caranna will speak at the Tea Party sponsored “Florida State Wide Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Rally” (on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Orlando City Hall from noon till 2:00 p.m) about the effort to pass an Arizona-style open carry law to allow the people of the state of Florida to openly carry handguns without any permit. See more at http://cflrepublicans.blogspot.com/2010/10/orlando-tea-party-and-south-florida-tea.html.

Carry on!

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For Immediate Release - June 29th 2010

 

Florida open carry event to be held at Daytona Beach on July 3rd

Event kicks off campaign to restore open carry rights in Florida

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Florida Open Carry is planning their first “Open Carry Fishing Event” in the Daytona area at Port Orange Dunlawton Causeway Park on Saturday, July 3rd from 9am to 2pm.

“There could not be a more fitting time than Independence Day weekend to celebrate our freedoms as Americans and exercise our right to self defense as intended by the founding fathers of this great nation,” says Florida Open Carry founder Sean Caranna.

“We invite all law abiding citizens,” adds Mr. Caranna, “regardless if you open carry or not, to join us for a day of fishing on the pier. We hope to show that we are responsible members of our community who want our open carry rights restored in Florida.”

Most states require no license to open carry, but Florida is one of only seven states with wide ranging prohibitions on carrying unconcealed handguns, even if properly holstered.  This presents a huge problem in the summer heat or while engaged in many outdoor Florida activities.

It’s just not practical, or even sometimes possible, to conceal a standard sized handgun in regular summer attire.  But in accordance with the current Florida statute 790.25(3)(h), adults may carry an unconcealed handgun, without a license, while lawfully fishing or going directly to and from the fishing area.  There are also similar exceptions for hunting, camping, and target shooting.

Florida Open Carry plans to use the Daytona event to kick off its campaign to restore open carry rights in Florida.  If successful, this repeal will eliminate the practical and constitutional problems arising from generally restricting law abiding citizens to only licensed and concealed carry in Florida.

 

About:  Florida Open-Carry.org is a grass roots organization of Florida residents who endeavor to raise awareness in the community of our second amendment rights.  Our primary goal is to help educate others about their right to legally open carry and advocate for repeal of the general ban on open carry in Florida.  Florida is one of only seven states where open carry is generally illegal.
Join our Facebook group of over 700 members at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133834343298930
Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/FL_Open_Carry/

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Read the fill Story here: Daytona Beach News-Journal - Florida Open Carry aims for change in gun laws

Sean Caranna, founder of Florida Open Carry, fishes Saturday — one of few places people may carry unconcealed guns. N-J photo

PORT ORANGE -- Sean Caranna didn't pull his .40-caliber pistol while he fished Saturday morning at Dunlawton Causeway Park.

Nearby, Karl Brown didn't draw the 9mm strapped to his waist. Kevin Green didn't even touch his .357 revolver, holstered on his right hip.

But all three men, proud gun owners and members of the grass-roots organization Florida Open Carry, were openly armed at the pier at 9 a.m., part of their campaign to restore the right to carry an unconcealed firearm anytime in Florida...

Florida’s ban on open carry creates practical issues and new constitutional problems.


In 2008 the United States Supreme Court held that you have a right to have a handgun for self defense.  As ruled by the high court, you have "the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation."  That right has just been applied to the states by the latest Supreme Court ruling that also struck down a licensing scheme that made handgun ownership almost impossible in Chicago.  Your right to self defense, anywhere you are legal to be, is constitutionally protected.


Every day hundreds of thousands of Floridians go about their daily activities while carrying a firearm.  These people are retired or off-duty police, current or former military, and the average law abiding American.  They are responsible people who are trained, fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and are licensed to carry a firearm to be able to defend themselves and others should that horrible need ever arise.  These people are however required to conceal their firearm at all times.  That works pretty well while outside during the winter when we dress in heavier clothes and jackets but when you go inside, you want to take your coat off. Florida is one of only seven states with wide prohibition on carrying an unconcealed firearm.  This presents a huge problem in the summer heat or while engaged in many outdoor activities.  There are exceptions for going to and from the shooting range, fishing, hunting and camping; but that’s about it.  It is just not possible to conceal a standard handgun in most regular summer attire.


There is also the issue of licensing a constitutional right.  Writing this article did not require that I apply and pay for a writer’s license.  No reasonable person would argue that the First Amendment applies only to those who have been to journalism school and are employed as a member of the press.  Just as the First Amendment does not protect your write to yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater; the Second does not give you the right to wave a gun around or threaten anyone.  You have the right to carry a weapon for self defense, but in Florida, you have to be licensed to carry it concealed and you can’t carry it unconcealed.  Now that the Second Amendment has been applied to the states just like the First, we have an issue to solve.  Privileges, like driving, can be licensed but constitutional rights cannot.


Repealing the ban on unconcealed or Open Carry will eliminate these practical and constitutional problems in Florida.  It will provide relief from the summer heat for people who are carrying their concealed firearms.  You will be able to dress in lighter clothes, take off your coat when you stop for lunch, or enjoy a walk in the park without having to make the choice between being defenseless and getting heat stroke.  Lawful open carry would also protect our Florida Concealed Weapon/Firearm License (CWFL) from constitutional issues.  The CWFL will act to license the act of concealing the firearm while repealing the open carry ban would satisfy the constitutional right of law abiding American Citizens to bear arms.  Remember, "the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation." has been affirmed.


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