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**REPORT on Rounds 25, 28, & 29** Government and Privacy Violations and Concealed Weapons Reform in Florida

Friday, April 29, 2011

ALL THREE PRIORITY BILLS PASSED IN THE SENATE

TWO ON THE WAY TO GOVERNOR

 

DATE:       April 29, 2011
TO:            USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM:      Marion P. Hammer
                  USF Executive Director
                  NRA Past President

REPORT on ROUND 25 - SB 402 Stop Local Governments from Violating Gun Rights

Senate Bill 402, introduced by state Senator Joe Negron (R-28), was heard on the state Senate Floor on Wednesday, April 27 and the identical House Bill, House Bill 45, introduced by state Representative Matt Gaetz (R-4), which already passed the state House, was substituted -- effectively creating one bill, HB 45.  Yesterday, HB 45 came up on the state Senate Floor for debate and final passage and PASSED the Senate by a 30 to 8 vote and is now on its way to Governor Rick Scott for his signature.

HB 45 would simply provide penalties for government officials, local governments and agencies that willfully and knowingly violate the state firearms preemption law.  State law prohibits local governments and government agencies from adopting any gun control ordinances or regulations.  There are some who are arrogantly violating the law because there are no penalties currently in the law. To view a copy of the bill as passed the Legislature click
here.   
 
REPORT on ROUND 28 - Restore Rights to Concealed Firearms License Holders

Includes:
** Concealed Weapons & Firearms License Holders Open-Carry Protection
** Concealed Weapons & Firearms License Holders Guns-In-Vehicles Rights
** Purchase of Long Guns in other states


Senate Bill 234, introduced by Senator Greg Evers (R-2), was heard on the state Senate Floor on Wednesday, April 27 and amended to tighten the open carry protection language.  Yesterday, SB 234 came up on the Senate Floor for debate and final passage and PASSED the Senate by a 26 to 11 vote and is now on its way to the Florida House where it must go to the floor of the full House.

SB 234 would make two changes to the “Right-to-Carry” law -- also known as the Concealed Weapons Licensing law and it would also conform Florida’s firearms purchase law with federal law.  To view the bill as passed the Senate click
here

The bill basically does three (3) following things:

1. Provides that concealed weapons license holders may NOT be arrested because a firearm being carried concealed accidentally or inadvertently became visible to another person.

2. Provides that concealed weapons license holders may store a firearm in private vehicle anywhere the vehicle is lawfully parked except those places that are exempted under s. 790.251(7) -- the parking lot law.

3. Removes the obsolete firearms purchase in contiguous state law previously required by federal law for out of state purchases of long guns and replaces it with language to conform to current federal requirements that allows purchase of long guns in other states.


REPORT on ROUND 29 - STOP Doctors Violating Patients Gun Privacy Rights

Senate Bill 432, introduced by state Senator Greg Evers (R-2), was heard on the state Senate Floor on Wednesday, April 27 and the identical House Bill, House Bill 155, sponsored by state Representative Jason Brodeur (R-33), which already passed the state House, was substituted -- effectively creating one bill, HB 155.  Yesterdy, HB 155 came up on the state Senate Floor for debate and final passage.  The bill PASSED the Senate by a 27 to 10 vote and is now on its way to Governor Rick Scott for his signature.

HB 155 is a bill to stop antigun doctors asking children and parents if they own guns and then telling them to get rid of their guns.  Further it stops Doctors from denying care to children if their parents refuse to answer questions about gun ownership.  To view a copy of the final bill as passed the Legislature click here. 


A report of the roll call votes on all three bills and who debated FOR and AGAINST the bills will come later.  We are continuing to work to pass the Concealed Weapons reform bill.

In the meantime, you may wish to thank:

State Senator Greg Evers  and  state Representative Jason Brodeur for sponsoring and passing SB 432 and HB 155 to stop pediatricians from violating patients firearms privacy rights.
evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov
jason.brodeur@myfloridahouse.gov

State Senator Joe Negron and state Representative Matt Gaetz for sponsoring and passing SB 402 and HB 45 to provide penalties for local governments for violation of the preemption law.
negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov   

matt.gaetz@myfloridahouse.gov

And Senator Greg Evers for sponsoring SB 234 Concealed Weapons reform in the Senate.
evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov

 

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