Rick Scott Promises to Sign Open Carry Bill for Florida

Rick Scott Promises to Sign Open Carry Bill for Florida
Opponent Alex Sink Campaign Treats Open Carry Organizers like DMV Customers.

Florida Open Carry to Hold “Open Carry Fish-Ins” on Nov. 6th in Jacksonville, Tampa, Daytona, St. Augustine, and Ft. Myers.

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Rick Scott Promises to Sign Open Carry Bill for Florida

Sacramento, California –-(Ammoland.com)- Florida is one of only 7 states banning the open carry of properly holstered handguns, but apparently that doesn’t bother Florida’s Democratic candidate for Governor, Alex Sink, or her campaign managers.

Over the last two weeks Sink’s campaign staffers have stiff-armed repeated requests from both OpenCarry.org and Florida Open Carry for her position on restoring open carry rights in Florida.

The question put to them was pretty straight forward:

“If a future legislature passed a bill restoring open carry rights in Florida, would a Governor Sink be inclined to sign it?”

Sink’s staffer “Jasmine” told Florida Open Carry’s Sean Caranna that the issue would need further “staffing and research” and that Jasmine did not know which department was handling the request but regardless, “you will just have to wait for them to get back to you.”

“It was like talking to the DMV,” said Caranna, noting that “this late in the.” campaign you’d think the Sink people would be more on the ball regarding major public policy questions like gun rights.”

But it didn’t take long for Republican Rick Scott to provide a position on open carry. Within hours of OpenCarry.org’s inquiry last week, the Scott campaign provided this remarkably straightforward statement from Mr. Scott on the open carry issue:

“As a member of the NRA and a hunter, I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I will protect our fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Florida is one of only seven states with wide prohibition on carrying an unconcealed firearm. Repealing the ban on unconcealed or Open Carry will eliminate practical and constitutional problems in Florida.”

According OpenCarry.org’s John Pierce, the choice before Florida gun owners on November 2d “is very stark. Voters must choose between a candidate with her head in the sand on gun rights, or Rick Scott who is clearly NOT in the closet when it comes to gun rights.”

Meanwhile, no matter who wins the governor’s race, open carry organizers in Florida are driving on with both;

  1. an online petition to restore Florida open carry rights at https://open-carry.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=63
  2. open carry “fish-in” events on Nov. 6th in Jacksonville, Tampa, Daytona, St. Augustine, and Ft. Myers; see https://tiny.cc/id4zn.

NOTE 1: Currently Floridians who want to open carry must be fishing or en-route to/from fishing; no gun carry permit required.

NOTE 2: Florida Open Carry’s Sean Caranna will speak at the Tea Party sponsored “Florida State Wide Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Rally” (on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Orlando City Hall from noon till 2:00 p.m) about the effort to pass an Arizona-style open carry law to allow the people of the state of Florida to openly carry handguns without any permit. See more at https://cflrepublicans.blogspot.com/2010/10/orlando-tea-party-and-south-florida-tea.html.

Carry on!

OpenCarry.org was founded in 2004 by Virginia gun-rights activists John Pierce and Mike Stollenwerk and has served to ignite the “Open Carry Movement” that is sweeping the country. In addition to being an invaluable legal resource for gun owners, the site has quickly grown to be a social networking portal for thousands of American gun owners. Visit: www.OpenCarry.org

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I am in favor of open carry as long as the person has a cwp. We the people of this Great Country do not need criminals and or people who do not know how to safely carry and use any weapons! Carrying a gun is a responsibility that is not for everyone, only for level headed law abiding American citizens!

Marc V.

Brian, if having to have a permit to open carry is unconstitutional, I say too bad to those who are to lazy to get one. You wouldnt feel that way if as you were proudly "open-carrying" and the girls were eyeballing your gun and your chest stuck out and you feel nice and safe when suddenly 8-10 teens all wearing the same exact outfit(coincidence Im sure.) all start walking down the block in your direction. People whose fathers are all doing life for murder and expect that to be there fate. Oh, why are they carrying? Because Brian and others… Read more »

robert krawiec

Last week they read the declaration of independence, maybe we can get them to understand the part of their oath about protect and defend the constitution, tehy are supposed to take that before being admitted to congress and the house.

Senator Blutarsky

The true intent and meaning of the 2nd Amendment has NOTHING to do with receiving a “permit” from gov – thats slave mentality. “Most men do not desire liberty; most only wish for a just master.” Sallust (86-34BC) ‘THE UNLIMITED POWER OF THE SWORD’ A couple of loyal readers asked me, in response to my recent evisceration of the discredited “militia clause” argument, “But Vin, do you think the Founders would have written the Second Amendment that way if they’d known we’d have Uzis”? Leaving aside the fact that it takes extraordinary dedication and commitment (and loot) for a “civilian”… Read more »


Bear (verb): To hold; carry; bring.

To prohibit open carry or even to require a permit to do so is blatantly and clearly unconstitutional. Each individual is responsible for his/her own safety, not the government.

Howard Hutcheson

i also agree that open carry should only allowed to people with permits. There has to be some restrictions preventing those with felonies on record to carry as the statute now stipulates

peter pinto

open carry should be allowed but only to people with permit