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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Safety Harbor, Florida since 2006 Waterloo, New York before 2006.

    Florida passes open carry...........

  3. #2
    Passed as in signed into law? Or passed into next step?

  4. Is this the final hearing/ vote? Did it pass the senate?

  5. #4
    I do believe that it has only passed out of the committee at this point. Now it goes to the House floor for the vote.

  6. #5
    Good news!

    It seems like instead of passing an OC bill, a repeal of the unconstitutional prohibition would be more direct. But I don't live in FL and haven't followed this issue.

  7. #6
    First of all this is not JUST an Open Carry bill..

    It passed out of the last committee and now onto the House floor for the next step..

    Here is a write up I received.. I have already e-mailed all the Yea's and Nea's in 2 separate e-mails..

    From: NRAILA.org

    **REPORT on ROUND 12 **
    HELP Restore Rights to Concealed Weapons License Holders in Florida

    Includes Concealed Weapons License Open-Carry, Campus-Carry, Guns-In-Vehicles and Purchase of Long Guns in other states

    DATE: March 24, 2011
    TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
    FROM: Marion P. Hammer
    USF Executive Director
    NRA Past President

    House Bill 517, introduced by state Representative Chris Dorworth (R) was heard today in the House Judiciary Committee today and PASSED by a 14 to 4 vote.

    HB 517 would make much needed changes to the Florida "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.

    This Committee NEEDS to Hear From You. This committee did not get enough e-mails from you and some were a little shaky when they voted. PLEASE SEND THEM E-MAIL THANKING THEM FOR VOTING IN FAVOR OF HB 517.

    PLEASE IMMEDIATELY E-MAIL Members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted for HB 517 -- They NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW!

    In the subject line put:

    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING HB-517 -- to RESTORE 2nd Amendment Rights

    (Block and Copy All email addresses into the "Send To" box)

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    Below are the 4 committee members who voted against the bill:

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    # 1.The open carry provision addresses the problem of an accidental or unintentional exposure of a firearm being carried by a concealed weapons license holder. As silly as it may sound, if a license holder is carrying a concealed firearm and the wind blows a jacket or shirt open exposing the firearm, the person can be charged with a crime for violating the open carry law. Anytime a license holder accidentally or unintentionally exposes the firearm whether reaching for something on a top shelf or bending over to pick up something, he/she can be charged with a crime. This bill fixes that problem.

    The cries of anti-gunners with predictions of horrible things resulting from "open carry" are pure nonsense. Adding the provision of open carry for concealed weapons license holders will NOT present problems. While some gun haters may not want to remove this needless restriction, there have been no problems in other states.

    According to the anti-gun Brady Campaign, 46 states allow open carry. Of those, 34 states allow open carry without a permit or license while 12 states require a permit to carry openly. (FLORIDA TODAY 1/7/2011, Change Would Relax Handgun Law - Byline: Kaustuv Basu)

    What the spokesperson (Brian Malte, State Legislative Director) for the Brady Campaign -- the national gun ban group -- said is that open carry COULD BE TROUBLESOME. He said "Open carrying of loaded guns is problematic for public safety and for law enforcement. It is frightening to see people carrying loaded weapons in urban and suburban environments."

    What the Brady Campaign fails to report is that open carry is not now, nor has it ever been a problem. Only four states, including Florida, prohibit open carry. It's time to remove this unnecessary government restriction in Florida.

    Adding "open carry" for concealed weapons license holders to the law to avoid the "open carry" glitch doesn't mean they will carry openly.


    #2. This bill simply says that if a person has a concealed weapons license, nothing shall prohibit the carry or storage of a firearm in a vehicle -- except the exemptions in the Florida parking lot law.

    For example, many of you will remember the case last summer of a cemetery that arbitrarily banned guns on cemetery property.

    And you'll remember the distraught father, who had already buried his son in that cemetery. The father has a concealed weapons license and always carries a firearm in his truck and frequently visits his son's grave.

    Advised of the new gun ban by the cemetery, the father was given three choices: (1) stop carrying a firearm in his vehicle, (2) face arrest for trespassing with a firearm (a felony) or (3) move his son's body to another cemetery (which might later ban guns as well). Those choices are outrageous. This bill fixes that outrageous denial of Second Amendment rights.


    #3.This bill repeals the obsolete language in s. 790.28, which limits purchase of rifles and shotguns to contiguous states and replaces it with language that will make it possible for Florida residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states.
    In 1979, s. 790.28 was passed to conform to federal law. At the time, federal law required the contiguous state language to be passed in order for residents to be able to exercise their right to purchase long guns in adjoining states.

    Gulf Coast, Floriduh
    Sccy is the limit

  8. #7
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    Santa Fe Area, New Mexico
    Congrats on getting this to the floor. SC needs to see and hear about this, as I will surly will to my elected representatives.
    Taking back our Rights, one State at a time. Fla used to be an OC State until Lesbo Reno pushed her agenda through.
    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." --author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

  9. Great news good job Florida. I have a question; I have a non resident Florida will I be able to openly carry? Thanks

  10. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by njsportsman View Post
    Great news good job Florida. I have a question; I have a non resident Florida will I be able to openly carry? Thanks
    Read the bill for yourself.. You decide..


    Gulf Coast, Floriduh
    Sccy is the limit

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