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Florida Update on Senate Committee Action for Important Self-Defense Bill

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Date:       March 19, 2008
TO:          USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM:     Marion P. Hammer
                USF Executive Director
                NRA Past President

Senate Bill 1130, by Senator Durell Peaden was heard by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday afternoon, March 18.  SB 1130 was amended with an unfriendly amendment and then passed by a vote of 7 to 1.


The amendment was a so-called "compromise" to accommodate the business groups.  The amendment sponsor never told us about the amendment much less showed us a copy before the committee hearing AND WE NEVER AGREED TO the so-called "compromise" or the amendment.

The amendment greatly expands the immunity section and, according to the representative for the Florida Justice Association, it even gives immunity from tort liability for employers even when employers are careless and negligent including when they knew something criminal was about to happen and did nothing.

Following the so-called "compromise" for the business groups, their lobbyists stood up, supported the amendment and then continued to oppose the bill.

The original immunity language in the bill was good language with good protection for business owners and should be restored.  It is clear, the intent of the amendment was to harm the bill and the opponents to continue to try to kill it.  We will continue to work to pass a good bill.

Please continue to check
www.NRAILA.org for updates on this important self-defense bill.
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