DATE: May 4, 2006
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
NRA Past President
Executive Director Unified Sportsmen of Florida
On Wednesday, May 3, 2006, a bill supported by the National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida to assist men and women serving on active duty in military service to our nation passed the Florida Legislature and is on its way to Governor Jeb Bush (R) for his signature.
SB-1290, Sponsored by Senator Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey) in the Senate and Representative Marti Coley (R-Panama City) in the House does the following:
1. Applies only to men and women serving in the U.S. armed services, who are on active duty away from home.
2. Provides that concealed weapons and firearms licenses of such service members will not expire while they are serving on military orders that have taken them away from home.
3. Extends such licenses for an additional 180 days after they return home from active duty assignment so that they may be renewed without late fees or penalties.
The bill passed the House 120-0 and passed the Senate 39-0
Special thanks go to Senate President Tom Lee (R-Brandon) and House Speaker Allan Bense (R-Panama City) for helping move this legislation.
SENATE (CO-SPONSORS) Senator Victor Crist (R)
HOUSE (CO-SPONSORS) Bob Allen (R); Kevin Ambler (R); Larry Cretul (R); Greg Evers (R)
THOSE WHO VOTED AGAINST THE BILL IN THE HOUSE: NONE
THOSE WHO VOTED AGAINST THE BILL IN THE SENATE: NONE