|DATE:||February 8, 2018|
|TO:||USF & NRA Member and Friends|
|FROM:||Marion P. Hammer|
|USF Executive Director|
|NRA Past President|
Rick Soskis, from Havana, Florida is clearly “Mr. Moms Demand Action.” The antigun women wearing red t-shirts emblazened with “Moms Demand Action” representing NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg were so excited by his performance we thought they were going to carry him around the building on their shoulders.
When Rick Soskis testified before the House Judiciary Committee on 2/7/2018, he made some of the most bizarre statements we’ve heard yet.
Mr. Soskis claims to have been licensed to carry a gun for 30 years but says that 29 ½ years ago he “came to the ‘grown-up’ conclusion that carrying a gun is symptomatic of paranoid behavior.” So, he even though he has continued to renew his license and pay license fees, he has NOT carried a gun for 29 ½ years.
In short, Mr. Moms Demand Action testimony is something that you have to see to believe. Go to the link below and watch the hearing on HB-39, the bill to protect concealed firearms license holders from abuse. The bill is the first one on the agenda and you will be dismayed by what you see and hear.
HB-39 by Rep. Dane Eagle was heard in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, February 7, 2018 and PASSED by a vote of 14-6 in spite of the all the antigun testimony
HB-39 is a bill to stop the abuse of law-abiding citizens who are licensed by the State to carry concealed firearms for self-defense and whose firearm becomes briefly exposed to ordinary sight of another person.
VOTING FOR THE BILL: Committee Chairman Chris Sprowls (R), Danny Burgess (R), Cord Byrd (R), Heather Fitzenhagen (R), Julio Gonzalez (R), Erin Grall (R), Bill Hager (R), Shawn Harrison (R), Larry Metz (R), George Moratis (R), Daniel Perez (R), Scott Plakon (R), Ross Spano (R), Jay Trumbull (R).
VOTING AGAINST THE BILL: Representatives Ramon Alexander (D), John Cortes (D), Ben Diamond (D), Joe Geller (D), Sharon Pritchett (D), Emily Slosberg (D), Cynthia Stafford (D)
The bill next goes to the Floor of the House
This bill is about stopping abuse of law-abiding citizens who are licensed by the State to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. The language in current law is not working. License holders are still being maliciously arrested and prosecuted like criminals for accidents.
A license holder whose firearm becomes briefly and openly displayed to the ordinary sight of another person is not a criminal and this innocent act should not be a crime.
In Florida, there are 1.8 million law-abiding license holders
Every time a law-abiding person – licensed by the state to carry for protection leaves his or her home, legally carrying a firearm – EVERYTIME – they run the risk of that firearm becoming exposed to the sight of another person and then being treated like a criminal.
This bill stops anti-gun law enforcement officers and anti-gun prosecutors from abusing law-abiding license holders for temporary exposure of a concealed firearm. In short, it stops them from criminalizing the exercise of a constitutional right.