Open Carry, Vehicle Carry, DOACS Fingerprint Authorization All On Senate Special Calendar for April 27, 2011

Open Carry, Vehicle Carry, DOACS Fingerprint Authorization All On Senate Special Calendar for April 27, 2011 SB 234

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Florida – -( We’re down to the wire. On Wednesday, the Senate will vote on SB 234. This bill includes open carry, vehicle carry, DOACS fingerprint authorization, and long gun/shotgun contiguous state purchase authorization.

Of course, the most contentious element is open carry. This is going to be a squeaker, folks. By now, the Senators should have already made up their minds. Nonetheless, Florida Carry is requesting one last push to deliver this baby.

We’ve shown the untruthful (and perhaps unlawful) tactics used by the various Sheriff’s offices and the Florida Sheriff’s Association that has spurred an official investigation by the State Attorney’s Office, FDLE, and OCSO internal affairs. Pinellas County Sheriff Coats told the committees his speculation on open carry, then admitted that he hadn’t researched how open carry works in any other state.

The deputies of the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office pulled over and detained a licensed concealed carrier just a few days ago for “printing” of his lawfully carried firearm despite their Sheriff’s testimony to the legislature that his officers would never do such a thing. The fact is that, not a single opposition speaker has ever addressed how so many other states could have open carry without the doom and gloom consequences that they espouse. Is it coincidence that the same predictions were made in 1987, by the same organizations, with regards to shall-issue concealed carry?

Please take a moment and fire up your e-mail clients one more time. Thank you for your continued support, and with any luck, we’ll be seeing you at an open carry picnic sometime in the near future!

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 promised signature.
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SUBJECT: Vote for Open Carry in SB 234

Dear Senator,

Senate Bill 234 deserves your support, as do the 801,219 active concealed carry licensees who have patiently waited for this bill for over 23 years. Governor Scott has already stated he will sign the bill as a 2nd Amendment supporter and open carry advocate. Florida is one of only seven states that do not permit some form of general open carry. The objections raised by law enforcement and retail associations make no mention that the practice of open carry is successful in 43 states, nor do they acknowledge their dire predictions are the same “blood in the streets” arguments of almost a quarter-century ago. Those predictions have been proven unfounded.

Please help support the law abiding carriers of Florida and vote in favor of SB 234.

Respectfully yours,

Florida Carry is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry, Inc. was organized by a group of Florida gun rights activists in order to better coordinate activities, effectively lobby the state legislature, and to provide a legal entity capable of filing suit to demand compliance with state and federal law. Florida Carry stands only to represent our members and the over 6 million gun owners of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission.

Florida Carry works tirelessly toward repealing and striking down ill-conceived gun control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law abiding citizens.

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Robert Krawiec

rob martinez: n.j. allows open carry to ccw holders, just try getting a ccw permit in n.j. it is totally arbitrary, must be cleared by county judge, every one has different requirements, case by case basis, must prove need. by the time you can prove need, see the judge, get permision, whover you needed protection from has already killed you. in a state where you have to apply for a pistol purchase permit which can take up to 90 days, you are then limiterd to one BUY every 30 days. don't use jersey as an example pf gun rights, we… Read more »

Bob Solla

senator evers,well has no balls at all!

Rob Martinez

The Amended version of this bill defeats the entire purpose intended to let CWP holders open carry in public. Now they got us to the water, but told us we can't drink from the well. All these other states have open-carry: I expect this kind of bait & switch from the left, not my own party. This Amendment is a cheap shot by politicians that think we won't remember them on election day. I will make it my personal mission to call-out on all those that voted for the watered down version of this now dogeared bill at their election… Read more »

Robert Follansbee



Please e-mail any information about open carry to my e-mail address above. I have sent your Dear Senator Letter to all Florida Senators as I agree with your position on "Open Carry".


Bob Follansbee, Realtor

Flagler Beach, FL