FLORIDA CARRY, INC. LEGISLATIVE ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2011

SB 1220 & HB 499 – Active and Veteran Military Concealed Carry –
Qualified to defend a nation but not allowed to defend their families.

Members and friends,

States across the country allow military personnel and honorably discharged veterans to obtain licenses to carry concealed firearms without regard to their age or where they are stationed. Florida requires that our troops be full time U.S. residents and over 21. This denies the fundamental right to bear arms to our off duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are stationed overseas and all service members and vets, even in the U.S, who are not yet 21.

Driving, gunning, and commanding military weapons systems that could lay waste to a small town in a matter of minutes requires sound
judgment and restraint. Being engaged in combat, peacekeeping, and enforcement operations as troops and small unit leaders demonstrates
that our young adult military members are quite capable of making reasonable and responsible decisions. Our military members receive thousands of hours of firearms instruction and regular mental health evaluations in addition to the state concealed firearms license training and background check requirements that will still need to be met.

Far too often we hear in the news about our troops who are home on leave or just back from combat deployments becoming defenseless victims of violent crime. Qualified to defend a nation but not trusted to defend their own families at home.

It is critical that these bills get scheduled in Senate and House committees as these bills need to pass three committees prior to April 26th.

Florida Carry is urgently requesting your immediate action to get this bill on the agenda. We need everyone to fire off an e-mail to Senator Evers, Representative Patronis, and the committee members.

Feel free to use the e-mail helper below, and thank you again for your solid support. We’re almost there, and we just need a final push to get this bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

E-mail Helper (feel free to cut, copy, paste, and edit to suit)

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SUBJECT:

SB 1220 and HB 499 – Let our troop’s voices be heard!

Dear Senators and Representatives,

SB 1220 and HB 499 has been going nowhere since committee hearings started. It is imperative that SB 1220 and HB 499 get scheduled for both the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and the House Government Operations subcommittee immediately, in order to make the April 26 cutoff date.

Senator Altman and Representative Drake have made multiple requests for scheduling the bill, and have been ignored to date.

Our military members receive thousands of hours of firearms instruction and regular mental health evaluations in addition to the state concealed firearms license training and background check requirements that will still need to be met. Being engaged in combat, peacekeeping, and enforcement operations as troops and small unit leaders demonstrates that our young adult military members are quite capable of making reasonable and responsible decisions. Far too often we hear in the news about our troops who are home on leave or just back from combat deployments becoming defenseless victims of violent crime. Qualified to defend a nation but not trusted to defend their own families at home. This must change.

There is no substantiated reason for this bill to be stalled at this point.

Please get this bill scheduled immediately for committee consideration. Our service members and veterans deserve to have this
bill acted on.

Respectfully yours,

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