SB-290 & SB-176 are scheduled to be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, February 16, 2015, at 4:00pm.
In times of natural disaster, people should not be forced to choose between following a bad law and leaving their firearms behind to potentially be stolen by looters. SB 290 temporarily suspends carry and transportation statutes for firearms only for law-abiding gun owners fleeing a mandatory evacuation area. We need this bill to prevent the disaster of an arrest and criminal prosecution of responsible gun owners who take their guns with them when they are forced to abandon their homes in an emergency.
Far too often, we have seen see violent crime happening on our Florida college and university campuses. The current laws that ban 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 a criminal attacker. University and colleges statewide are are not truly “gun free zones”, the only people actually deprived of a means of self-defense are people like me who follow the law. Criminals seek out places where they can safely commit their crimes. Florida’s campus carry ban only insures the safety of criminals. Please support SB 176 so that I have at least a fighting chance to save my own life should that horrible need ever arise.
I urge you to support both SB 290 and SB 176.
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.