Earlier this week, Representative Mitch Needelman (R-31) announced the filing of House Bill 285, which will preserve the right of citizens to lawfully possess firearms during an officially declared state-of-emergency.
HB 285 clarifies the authority of the governor during a declared emergency by asserting that "nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to authorize the seizure, taking, or confiscation of firearms that are lawfully possessed." This bill was filed to ensure that the unconstitutional stripping of citizens’ rights does not occur during such state-of-emergencies as occurred in Louisiana.
HB 285 has been filed for consideration in the 2006 Session of the Florida Legislature, slated to convene on March 7, 2006.
Also this week, NRA past president Marion P. Hammer encouraged Floridians to get involved with Youth Hunting Programs. She stated, "Youngsters are our future and it’s up to us to preserve our hunting heritage by helping get more youngsters involved."
For information on how to assist in Florida’s Youth Hunting Programs, please visit Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) youth hunting website at: myfwc.com/huntered/YouthHunter/