To: USF & NRA Members and Friends
From: Marion P. Hammer
NRA Past President
Executive Director Unified Sportsmen of Florida
Subject: HB-129 Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles in Parking Lots
The Florida House Judiciary Committee will hold another hearing on HB-129 by Representative Dennis Baxley on Wednesday, March 15, 2006.
Your Emails are Urgently Needed!
You need to act now to counter this anti-gun attack on
your Second Amendment and self-defense rights!
Please immediately send email to members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT HB-129 by Representative Baxley
(Below is a list of the email addresses of those you need to contact)
In The Subject Line of Your Email Put:
SUPPORT HB-129 - Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles/Parking Lots
(To send one email to all committee members at the same time, block or highlight the entire list and then copy and paste the block into the address section of the email.)
House Judiciary Committee Members who need to hear from you:
Some Florida businesses, lead by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation, are trying to ban guns in cars . They are violating the constitutional rights of gun owners and Florida law. HB-129 protects your right to have a gun in your car for lawful purposes. HB-129 establishes penalties for these BIG BROTHER CORPORATIONS who think they can control what you carry in your private vehicle.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation have decided to pick a Second Amendment fight with Florida's 6 Million law-abiding firearms owners. Urged into battle by Publix Super Markets, Disney World, and other big corporations, they have engaged in delaying tactics to try to kill the bill that protects your right to protect yourself and your family. They want to ban guns by denying your right to park your private vehicle in a parking lot that accommodates the public and company employees.
They claim their rights as parking lot owners supersede your constitutional right and legal right to carry firearms in your private vehicles for lawful purposes. But they are WRONG.
Our constitutional and legal rights DO NOT END when we drive into a parking lot.
Carrying firearms in a vehicle obviously means you can leave that firearm locked in the vehicle in a parking lot when you go grocery shopping, to the doctor's office, to the movie, to visit a sick friend in the hospital, to the dry cleaners, to the shoe store or anywhere else normal people travel.
BUT THIS ISSUE is much bigger than parking lots. The issue is carrying a firearm in your private vehicle for protection of yourself and your family when you are traveling to and from work, to and from shopping and to and from any place law-abiding normally go in the course of daily routines.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation along with the national anti-gun organization called the BRADY CAMPAIGN are emailing committee members urging them to vote against HB-129.
HB-129 Protects your have a firearm in your vehicle for lawful purposes and to park your vehicle in parking lots.
Carrying firearms in a vehicle for hunting, target shooting or protection of yourself and your family obviously means you can leave that firearm locked in the vehicle in a parking lot when you go grocery shopping, to the doctor's office, to the movie, to visit a sick friend in the hospital, to rent a movie, to the shoe store or anywhere else normal people travel to conduct business.
Florida law, the U.S. Constitution, and the Florida Constitution clearly and unequivocally give law-abiding citizens to have firearms in their vehicles for lawful purposes.
Since there are CURRENTLY NO PENALTIES for violating to law, numerous businesses are violating the law and are banning firearms in their parking lots. Their gun ban policies apply to customers and employees.
How can anyone justify telling a woman who is being stalked that she can't have a firearm for protection? In many cases police tell these women to get a gun for protection because police can't be there to protect her -- and calling 911 is nothing more than government sponsored dial-a-prayer.
A business owner or manager has no more right to say you can't have a firearm in your private vehicle than they have a right to say you can't have a pair of sun glasses, an umbrella, a Bible or a baby seat.
Such an anti-gun political exercise is not good business sense. They want your money but don't respect your rights.
Businesses are not allowed to discriminate against employees and customers because of race, religion, political party, color of eyes, hair or weight. And they certainly can't discriminate because of the exercise of lawful self-defense. And, make no mistake, these gun ban policies are blatant discrimination against people who chose to exercise a constitutional right and take responsibility for their own safety.