Florida Senator de la Portilla Brags About Killing 2A Bills In Bloomberg Venue

Senator Diaz de la Portilla
“For the second time in a month, Diaz de la Portilla broke with his party’s traditional fealty to the NRA and single-handedly denied the organization a vote on a top legislative priority. The first bill he buried in late January, would have allowed concealed carry permit holders to bring their handguns onto state college campuses. The second would have granted licensed gun owners the right to openly carry their weapons in public.” – crow gun banners at The TRACE.
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Florida –  -(Ammoland.com)- In an article linked below from “The Trace”, an anti-Second Amendment propaganda site created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla brazenly brags about killing pro-Second Amendment legislation in the committee he chairs.

http://www.thetrace.org/2016/02/florida-republican-thwarted-key-nra-bills/

In response to Senator Diaz de la Portilla’s actions, Florida Senator Don Gaetz called him out in the following statement:

Statement of Senator Don Gaetz:

Re: Decision of Judiciary Chair to Kill SB-300, Open Carry

February 18, 2016

“Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla has exercised his authority as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to kill SB 300, which would have allowed Florida citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights to openly keep and bear arms.

SB 300 would have allowed only those persons lawfully able to carry hand guns to do so without concealment, without brandishing them, without violating private property rights and without allowing weapons in any place where they are now prohibited.

According to the US Department of Justice, open carry states have less violent crime and less gun-related crime than states which require concealed carry.

“The Senator killed the bill by not allowing it to be presented and debated in his committee. I’m deeply disappointed. It is perfectly proper to vote against a bill. It reflects poorly on any chairman to fear the debate.

“To be clear, Senator Diaz de la Portilla is technically within his rights as Chairman to not hear the bill. Every chairman of every committee has the responsibility and authority to set his or her agenda. What is unfortunate in this case is that this bill was passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives and, in my view, would have passed the full Senate with the constructive amendments recommended by The Florida Police Chiefs Association, who now support the bill. Florida was poised to join 44 other states in enacting rational, constitutionally-faithful open carry legislation.

“Put simply, Senator Diaz de la Portilla used his power as a committee chairman to deny senators and the public the opportunity even to discuss the issue of open carry and vote for or against the bill.

“As a committee chairman, myself, and as a former presiding officer of the Senate, I have faced the same question as Senator Diaz de la Portilla: should I kill a bill that a majority of legislators want to debate and perhaps pass just because of my own personal preferences? In fact, I have faced that question on matters important to Senator Diaz de la Portilla and his constituents. The difference is I did not stretch my authority to stifle the will of the Senate to cast an up or down vote.

“I realize that people of good will can honestly disagree on an issue. However, the Judiciary Committee Chairman promised and then reneged on a commitment to meet with me and other pro-Second Amendment legislators to try to negotiate differences in good faith.

“One thing is sure: those of us who support and defend the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms will be back, always ready to make our case and earn our votes. We will never fear the debate.”

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D.A.
D.A.
3 years ago

Huh, seems all the big barrel (small penis) talk came to a halt after kill the kids day. Jesus you guys are pathetic. That alone tells me you know you are in the wrong. Come back out of hiding, this is on you. The pride you must have felt watching the story unfold on the news. You are sad that you need these gun laws to feel like men. And for the record, I have many guns, am an avid hunter, absolutely hate the NRA and the fear they fill your heads with, and yes, I want more well thought… Read more »

Mikial
Mikial
5 years ago

Kick the bum out!

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

DEPORT TORTILLA BACK TO COOBAH !

Maluka
Maluka
5 years ago

Regardless of the issue this self appointed God and a bought and paid for puppet of the vertically challenged ” little billionaire” needs to be voted OUT.

B.Zerker
B.Zerker
5 years ago

There’s a simple answer to this problem, and while I’m not quite sure what it’s called in FL, either “impeachment” or “recall” is called for in this case. It worked in CO! Either that or remove Diaz de la Portilla from his position as Chairman.

Janek
Janek
5 years ago

Is this what happens when America starts a ‘dialog’ with Cuba after more than 50 years? America’s enemies are already here!

Ron
Ron
5 years ago

How about the ones that put this goon in charge?

djr
djr
5 years ago

He should be arrested as a traitor and treated accordingly.

John Catlett
John Catlett
5 years ago

He is not a Republican if he is against the second amendment , must be a lying democrat be the fear the truth / he knows the bill will pass that is why he does not want it to be voted on

Herbert Kuerlemann
Herbert Kuerlemann
5 years ago
Reply to  John Catlett

One more ahole to get rid of, yes

Robert West
Robert West
5 years ago

People in Florida can very easily fix this problem VOTE !!!! Send a loud and clear message to this Senator and others like him!

Devon Anderson
Devon Anderson
5 years ago

He will be voted out …..hopefully. (RINO)

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
5 years ago

It sounds like it is time to “kill his ability” to sit in any Public Office ever again.

Herbert Kuerlemann
Herbert Kuerlemann
5 years ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Yes,Nobody should have the power to cancel a vote in committee,not even the chaiman,this is abuse of power.

Chuck
Chuck
5 years ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Precisely. Same goes for McConnell in Kentucky.

Eric_CA
Eric_CA
5 years ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Definitely! Hopefully Floridians will give him the boot.

Michael Lee
Michael Lee
5 years ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Well the good people of Florida should ban together and do what the people of Colorado did, and recall the traitor!