There is little doubt that anti-second amendment groups will be here in force to oppose Florida's Campus Carry legislation and other bills expected this session.
- They will try to convince your legislators that university students with concealed carry licenses are “children” who will be subjected to the constant threat of death spewed from evil guns. In fact, the bill only authorizes licensed adults over 21 licensed military/veterans to carry concealed on college campuses.
- They will tell your legislators that the stresses of campus life are special, and that armed students may “snap”. In fact, non-campus life has all those stresses yet Florida's over 1.3 million concealed carry licensees are the most law abiding group that there are statistics available for in the state.
- They will suggest concealed carriers are irresponsible. The statistics also refute this.
- They will refer to the tragic death of Ashley Cowie, which derailed similar legislation in 2011. But the Cowie incident had virtually nothing in common with this bill, which affects only licensees on campus. The Cowie incident occurred off-campus, the shooter was too young for a license, and involved a rifle which licensees cannot lawfully carry concealed.
You are the voice that can bring fact and reason to this debate.
Please, take a few moments to ask the committee members of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee to support HB 4005 – Campus Carry.Please remember that whether you contact the committee members either by email or by phone, to be courteous and respectful above all else. Be sure to keep your message brief, and thank them for their time.
To:clovis.wats[email protected]Subject:Please Support HB 4005 – Campus CarrySample Body:Far too often, we have seen see violent crime happening on our Florida campuses. The current laws banning the lawful carry of defensive arms have done nothing but ensure that students and law abiding campus visitors are left with no effective means to defend themselves against an attacker. University and colleges statewide are are not truly “gun free zones”, the only people actually deprived of a means of self-defense people like me who follow the law. Criminals seek out places where they can safely commit their crimes. Florida campuses only insure the safety of criminals. Please support Hb 4005 so that I have the opportunity to save my own life should that horrible need arise.
Florida Carry is a Florida nonprofit, 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 the Constitution of Florida’s Declaration of Rights.
Florida Carry, Inc. was organized 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 to represent our members, the approximately 8 million gun owners,and countless knife and defensive weapon carriers of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission. Florida Carry is the state’s largest independent second amendment advocacy organization.