Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Florida Report: House Passes Second Amendment bills. Focus now on Senate

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DATE: February 4, 2016
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
  USF Executive Director 
  NRA Past President

  
Leadership, true leadership, is keeping your word, doing the right thing and setting an example for others.  When legislators tell the citizens of Florida that they support the Second Amendment and self-defense rights, they should mean it. 

After Wednesday's passage of pro-Second Amendment bills by the Florida House, Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told the media that the House doesn't advance bills based upon what the Senate may or may not do. 

"Our job is to focus on the priorities of the House, and this House has shown in history to be conservative on gun issues and very supportive of Second Amendment rights," Crisafulli said. "We feel that we passed a couple of good bills to send over to the Senate, and we'll see what happens from there." 

That is the essence of leadership.

Speaker Crisafulli's comments came in response to media reports that the Senate may not take up these important bills. But, make no mistake, Senate bill sponsors, Sen. Don Gaetz and Sen. Greg Evers are still working hard to get a hearing in the Senate. 

The House did its job: Four (4) Second Amendment and self-defense bills overwhelmingly passed the Florida House.  Those bills are:

(1)   HB-163 Open Carry/CW License Holders by Rep. Matt Gaetz  PASSED THE HOUSE 80-38  under the strong leadership of Rep. Matt Gaetz and outstanding floor debate by Representatives Dennis Baxley, Neil Combee, Dane Eagle, Julio Gonzalez, Shawn Harrison, Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda, Jimmie Smith and John Wood.

HB-163 is a bill to allow persons with a Concealed Weapons & Firearms License to carry firearms concealed or openly which will prevent CW license holders from being charged with the crime of violating the "Open Carry" law because a concealed firearm, being legally carried, becomes visible to the sight of another person. Terms like inadvertently, accidentally, unintentionally, not deliberate, briefly, etc., are subjective, arbitrary and capricious and will not protect license holders.

Full Open Carry is the ONLY way to protect law-abiding license holders. The Senate companion bill, SB-300 by Sen. Don Gaetz, is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

(2) HB-4001 Campus Carry/CW License Holders by Rep. Greg Steube (R) & Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda (D) PASSED THE HOUSE 80-37 under the strong leadership of Rep. Greg Steube and outstanding floor debate by Co-Prime Sponsor Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda and Representatives Dennis Baxley, Neil Combee, Dane Eagle, Jay Fant, Heather Fitzenhagen, James Grant, Blaise Ingoglia, Scott Plakon, Paul Renner, Jimmie Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, Charles Van Zant, and Ritch Workman. 

This bill will remove the ban on law-abiding gun owners, who are 21 years of age or older and who have a License to Carry Concealed, from carrying concealed weapons firearms on college and university campuses for protection.  It will only allow adult license holders to carry on campus. The Senate companion, SB-68 by Sen. Greg Evers (R) is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

(3) HB-135 Mandatory Minimum Sentences  by Rep. Neil Combee. Having passed the Senate, SB-228 by Sen. Aaron Bean was substituted then the bill PASSED THE HOUSE 119-0.  This bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.

This bill removes aggravated assault from the 10-20-Life Mandatory Minimum Sentences.  Some State Attorneys and their prosecutors have been wrongfully using 10-20-Life to prosecute people who were exercising self-defense.  This bill stops prosecutors from trying to put people in prison for 10 years if they show a gun to scare off an attacker or 20 years for firing a warning shot to stop attackers.

(4)  HB-41 Unlawful Discharge of Firearms by Rep. Neil Combee.  Having passed the Senate, the companion bill, SB-130 by Sen. Garrett Richter was substituted then the bill PASSED THE HOUSE 118-0.  This bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.

This bill protects property owners who live on large parcels of acreage with no nearby neighbors who can't target practice on their own property because their property is in an area zoned exclusively for residential use. It clarifies existing law on unlawful discharge in residential neighborhoods by defining it as those neighborhoods with a residential density of one or more dwellings per acre.

Further, the bill exempts property in those residential neighborhoods where recreational discharge poses "no foreseeable danger or risk to life, safety, or property" – Example: property that backs up to the ocean or a large body of water, forest or other large uninhabited parcel where there is no foreseeable risk.  It also exempts "accidental discharge" and discharge when "lawfully defending life or property."

TRENDING NOW
California: DOJ Issues “Notice of Modification” to Proposed Ammunition Background Check Regulations

Thursday, April 18, 2019

California: DOJ Issues “Notice of Modification” to Proposed Ammunition Background Check Regulations

Today, the California Department of Justice issued a “Notice of Modification” to their proposed regulations regarding the soon to be implemented ammunition background check procedures. As a result of these changes, a second 15-day public ...

Heeee’s Baaack: Bill Clinton Peddles Gun Control on a Wish and a Lie

News  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Heeee’s Baaack: Bill Clinton Peddles Gun Control on a Wish and a Lie

Proving there is no statute of limitations on political opportunism, this week former President Bill Clinton used the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Littleton, Colo. to pen an op-ed pushing ...

Maine: Firearm Seizure Bill Heads To Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maine: Firearm Seizure Bill Heads To Judiciary Committee

On April 22nd, the Maine Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Legislative Document 1312, which would allow for firearms to be seized and Second Amendment rights to be suspended without due process. 

New York Times Admits Privately-Funded “Gun Violence” Research is a Thing

News  

Friday, April 19, 2019

New York Times Admits Privately-Funded “Gun Violence” Research is a Thing

The New York Times – the “paper of record” – reports that “Gun Research is Suddenly Hot.” While we’re happy to see the Times has finally acknowledged that “gun research” can survive federal restrictions on taxpayer funded gun control ...

Media Continues to Cause Distorted Fear of School Violence

News  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Media Continues to Cause Distorted Fear of School Violence

When it comes to the wellbeing of today’s youth, one would think that all could agree that provoking unnecessary fear should be avoided. That apparently is not the case, however, when it comes to pushing ...

California: Legislature Returns from Spring Break

Sunday, April 21, 2019

California: Legislature Returns from Spring Break

The California Legislature returns from spring recess this week and seven different committees are considering bills that could impact your rights. 

Texas: House Passes Evacuation Carry Bill

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Texas: House Passes Evacuation Carry Bill

On Thursday, the Texas House gave final approval to House Bill 1177 by a vote of 102-29.

Pittsburgh Residents Seek Preliminary Injunction Against Ban on Standard Capacity Magazines

News  

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pittsburgh Residents Seek Preliminary Injunction Against Ban on Standard Capacity Magazines

With support from the NRA, gun owners challenging Pittsburgh’s ban on publicly carrying loaded magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds filed a motion today seeking a preliminary injunction. If the motion is granted, ...

NRA Statement on New York City's Desperate Attempt to Avoid Supreme Court Review

News  

Friday, April 12, 2019

NRA Statement on New York City's Desperate Attempt to Avoid Supreme Court Review

NRA reacts to New York City's attempt to avoid having the NRA-supported Supreme Court case N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Association, et al. v. City of N.Y., et al heard in DC. 

Indiana: Important Self-Defense Bill Passes Legislature, On to Governor

Monday, April 22, 2019

Indiana: Important Self-Defense Bill Passes Legislature, On to Governor

On April 22nd, both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly voted to concur with the amendments made to House Bill 1284 during the conference committee process.  HB 1284 has been amended to now include many ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.