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Florida Alert! So-called "Florida Gun Rights" Group is Scamming You

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

DATE: January 13, 2016
TO:  USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
  USF Executive Director
  NRA Past President


Once again email is flooding to Florida gun owners from an entity calling itself "Florida Gun Rights" (FLGR)  asking that gun owners send email to Florida Legislators about a nonexistent bill.  These alerts are not coming from a grassroots group in Florida, their corporate documents clearly show their principal place of business is Colorado.

Once again they are claiming there is a "Backyard Range Ban" bill.  Make no mistake, there is NO SUCH BILL. 

HB-41 adds a subsection (4) to existing law to prohibit the discharge of firearms in residential neighborhoods that have a density of one or more dwellings per acre

Read the bill  HB-41 Discharge of Firearms and read the law it amends  s. 790.15 Discharging firearms in public or on residential property

"FLGR doesn't have a clue what is going on in Florida and has no real presence in Florida. They have merely contracted with a corporate services firm to provide a Florida address to receive legal service of process.

When FLGR asks you to send them money to fund their imaginary operation, they use a Tallahassee, Florida, address for you to mail your checks.  But FLGR's address is actually a drop box in a UPS Store in a strip mall in Tallahassee where UPS employees box up their customer's mail and ship it off to their customer's real address somewhere else.

Further, FLGR has no registered lobbyist in Florida, which means either it's not really lobbying, or that it is lobbying illegally.

In short, FLGR is nothing but a fundraising organization that (except for some paperwork formalities) has no presence in Florida except for a shell game of addresses for service of legal documents and to rake in contributions.  

It is clearly just another name for the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) a primarily Internet run organization based in Colorado with mail drop boxes around the country to receive contributions.

Since FLGR doesn't do anything NAGR couldn't do on its own, It has no apparent purpose except to double-dip the wallets of well-meaning gun owners who haven't looked beyond the group's name and rhetoric.

FLGR's email claims they are a non-profit, nonpartisan, single-purpose organization.
FLGR is not incorporated as a nonprofit Florida corporation.  FLGR is registered as Florida LLC (normally a for-profit small business). Their single purpose seems to be conning you (regardless of your political party) into sending them money.

Their messages are misleading rhetoric designed to inflame.  There is no "neighborhood shooting range" bill to stop.  Yet, FLGR continues to email Florida Gun Owners raising money on a nonexistent bill.

You are being deceived.  It's time you knew it. 

 

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