Opinion by Phillip Evans
Florida – -(Ammoland.com)- Florida Carry’s Region 5 Lead, Kevin Sona, is coordinating the organization’s first Second Amendment open carry march on Saturday, April 7th 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Ocala, Florida. Marchers will meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 1510 NW 4th St., and walk to Tuscawilla Park for some freshwater fishing.
Open carry of both long arms and pistols is legal in Florida even without a weapons license, (open carry is generally banned, even when possessing a carry license) if one is not prohibited from possessing firearms and is doing (or going to or from) certain activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and target shooting.
The event is not limited to members of Florida Carry, but you should consider joining for only $25.00 per year if you want to help fight for your right to keep and bear arms in Florida.
Outside organizations funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg such as “Moms Demand Action”, “Everytown”, and others are pushing state politicians to strip Floridians of their self-defense rights. They are eagerly capitalizing on the emotions of the surviving victims of the Feb 14th Parkland School shooting which killed 17 and wounded others.
The passage of SB 7026, which was quickly signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, was the supposed fix that Republicans offered to solve school mass shootings. It prohibits 18 to 20 year old adults from purchasing any firearm at all (lines 678-679), penalizing over 680,000 citizens for the act of one evil person.
Politicians with armed guards paid for by your tax dollars decreed that hundreds of thousands of adult tax-payers must be rendered defenseless to criminals, unless they are fortunate enough to have a friend or family member provide them a firearm as a gift, which the Nobility graciously allows under the new law.
The law also bans possession of any device that can enhance a firearm’s rate of fire, meaning even normal after-market triggers can make one a felon. I suppose even disabled folks who need a little less poundage of trigger-pull should make prison reservations if they don’t get rid of their lighter triggers rendering their guns unusable to them. Hand strength is not an excepted excuse to avoid the hoosegow.
An amendment to the bill to ban AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles was pushed hard by the Democrats but failed. Whether all at once or little-by-little, the gun-control train is picking up steam in Florida.
And the largest chunk of coal fueling it is the band of merry RINOs in the Florida House and Senate, who grin like the Cheshire Cat while proclaiming their love of the Second Amendment, and then plunge the knife into our backs after they get elected. Sure seems like the NRA should change many of those “A” ratings to an “F”.
With thousands migrating to Florida who don’t care about their (and especially your) right to keep and bear arms, it’s time to step up to the plate if you want to keep Florida from becoming like California or worse.
Another First Amendment way to protest is to conceal your firearm to be within the parameters of the law, but to make it obvious that you are armed. Be aware that when doing this, that those in control of private property may ask you to leave, and you must comply in order to avoid being charged with armed trespass, a felony. So carry in this manner primarily on publicly owned property where you cannot be trespassed merely for being peaceably armed.
Large festivals on public beaches and in public parks are good candidates for “printing” under clothing, or even for wearing t-shirts stating your are “Lawfully Armed”, “Licensed and Carrying”, etc. Wearing your spare ammo magazines uncovered is also legal, as the law only states that firearms must be concealed.
The anti-liberty crusaders certainly are vocal, organized, and in your face. Time for the good side to turn up the volume as well. I have a feeling there are a lot more of us than them, so comparatively speaking, let’s drown them out.