Florida –-(Ammoland.com)- Email keeps flooding Florida gun owners from an entity calling itself “Florida Gun Rights” (FLGR) — but it is NOT coming from a grassroots group in Florida. Their corporate documents clearly show their principal place of business is Colorado.
Calling itself “Florida’s Only No Compromise Gun Lobby,” FLGR frequently attacks NRA and Unified Sportsmen Of Florida (USF) but FLGR doesn’t have a clue what is going on in Florida. FLGR has no real presence in Florida. They merely have contracted with a corporate services firm to provide a Florida address to receive legal process.
When they ask you to send them money to fund their imaginary operation, they use a Tallahassee, Florida, address for you to mail your checks. But FLGR’s address is actually a drop box in a UPS Store in a strip mall in Tallahassee where UPS employees box up their customer’s mail and ship it off to their customer’s real address somewhere else.
Further, FLGR has no registered lobbyist in Florida, which means either it’s not really lobbying, or that it is lobbying illegally. Additionally, FLGR’s ‘state director’ apparently lives in Texas. We can find no evidence that he is ever in Florida.
In short, FLGR is nothing but a sock puppet — a fundraising organization that (except for some paperwork formalities) has no presence in Florida except for a shell game of addresses for service of legal documents and to rake in contributions.
It is clearly just another name for the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) a primarily Internet run organization based in Colorado with mail drop boxes around the country to receive contributions.
Since FLGR doesn’t do anything the equally bogus NAGR couldn’t do on its own, It has no apparent purpose except to double-dip the wallets of well-meaning gun owners who haven’t looked beyond the group’s name and rhetoric.
FLGR’s email claims they are a non-profit, nonpartisan, single-purpose organization.
FLGR is not incorporated as a nonprofit Florida corporation. FLGR is registered as Florida LLC (normally a for-profit small business).
Their single purpose seems to be conning you (regardless of your political party) into sending them money.
Their messages are misleading rhetoric designed to inflame. They keep asking gun owners to sign a petition to stop a bill to “ban neighborhood ranges.”
There is no “neighborhood shooting range” bill to stop. Yet, FLGR continues to email Florida Gun Owners — no less than 7 times since May 19th 2015 — raising money on a nonexistent bill.
Florida’s Legislative session ended at 11:59pm on Friday, May 1, 2015. ALL BILLS that had not already passed, died at midnight. The Legislature is now in Special Session for budget and financial issues only.
You are being deceived. It’s time you knew it.