NRA/USF Ask Leon County Tax Collector to Stop Violating Constitution

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The NRA / USF is formally responding to Florida's Leon County Tax Collector's email blast stating she would not process concealed weapon applications. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)-On May 13, 2020, Leon County Tax Collector, Doris Maloy, sent out an email blast  to a group of government officials informing them that she would be re-opening her offices on June 1st, but was refusing to process “concealed weapon original applications.”

The following letter was sent out this morning to Tax Collector Maloy and Leon County Administrator Vince Long.  This gives Ms. Maloy the opportunity to do the right thing and reverse her decision to refuse to process CW Licenses when her office re-opens on June 1, 2020.

In other words, Ms. Maloy will have over a week to decide whether or not to knowingly and willfully violate Florida law and constitutional rights.

Below is the email/letter we sent this morning:

IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION RE: Illegal Actions of Doris Maloy, Leon Country Tax Collector

Formal Letter Attached in PDF format
To: Doris Maloy, Leon County Tax Collector
Vincent S. Long, Leon County Administrator

From: Marion P. Hammer
Date: May 22, 2020
RE: Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Application Policy

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
[email protected]
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Maloy and Mr. Long,

The Florida Constitution provides that “[t]he right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.” Fla. Const. art. I, § 8.

We have reviewed Ms. Maloy’s email regarding the re-opening of Leon County Service Centers on June 1, 2020.  While this email details procedures her office is putting in place for the restoration and delivery of services, it also indicates that she will be refusing to provide the essential constitutional service of processing original applications for Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenses.

The proposed action is prohibited by state law and conflicts with Executive Orders issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, which clearly extend “essential service” designation to firearm-related activities.  The processing of new applications for Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenses is one such essential service.

The Legislature made it possible for county Tax Collectors to become local agents of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in order to accept Concealed Weapon or Firearm License applications, thereby providing convenient access to citizens.  The intent was to promote such rights, not stifle them as you propose.  Your email suggests you have the discretion to “pick and choose” which services to provide, but the Legislature has made it clear that as an agent of the state, in your capacity as Leon County Tax Collector, you do not have discretion over whether or not to accept these applications (Section 790.0625).

Thus, your office must adhere to the directive contained in Section 790.06(15) which clearly prohibits a county Tax Collector from arbitrarily refusing to process original applications:

(15) … The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall implement and administer the provisions of this section. The Legislature does not delegate to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services the authority to regulate or restrict the issuing of licenses provided for in this section, beyond those provisions contained in this section. Subjective or arbitrary actions or rules which encumber the issuing process by placing burdens on the applicant beyond those sworn statements and specified documents detailed in this section or which create restrictions beyond those specified in this section are in conflict with the intent of this section and are prohibited. This section shall be liberally construed to carry out the constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense. This section is supplemental and additional to existing rights to bear arms, and nothing in this section shall impair or diminish such rights.

Moreover, the Legislature has prohibited your proposed action by preempting local officials from engaging in such conduct.  Section 790.33 (1) specifically prohibits any regulation of firearms by a local government official:

Except as expressly provided by the State Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.

To ensure compliance, the Legislature established sanctions when local officials engage in prohibited conduct.  Section 790.33(3) provides several penalties against offending officials, including monetary fines, damages and attorney fees for plaintiffs, and even removal from office when warranted.

On behalf of our members in Leon County, and to avoid further action, I respectfully request that you reverse your refusal to process original Concealed Weapon or Firearm License applications when you “reopen” on June 1, 2020.



National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Stag
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Stag

That’s rich considering the NRA has been advocating and helping the government violate our rights for almost a century.

JohnnyB
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Since this dimwit, Democrap has been properly informed of her duties, one day after she refuses to do her proper duties and refuses to issue a Concealed Permit I would slap her with a Writ of Mandamus and a Bivens Action so she could feel the pain personally of her inane decisions…..
Only by going after these dumbass Democraps, that are usually on Bloomberg’s payroll, will we make a change. Granted it will take some time because Bloomberg has deep pockets and Shannon Watts is in those pants, so it will take the time or several millions of dollars……

Swany
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Swany

I permanently left Shitcago to live down here. Love the way Ron has handled things so far. What we need to do is relieve Comrade Nikki of her duties and get someone in there that Isn’t an asshat.

CommonSense4America
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CommonSense4America

Sounds like a request from the Captain to the 1st Lt.

Cruiser
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Cruiser

“NRA/USF Ask Leon County Tax Collector to Stop Violating Constitution”
You don’t ask these people anything, you tell them, they work for you.

uncle dudley
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uncle dudley

The Florida Attorney General should send the Leon County Tax Collector a letter reminding her the duties of the Florida state law and the penalties of the failure to follow said law.

Capn Dad
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Capn Dad

“Ask….respectfully request…..”. The language of slaves.

Vince
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Vince

Good letter but follow up is even more important.

Atticus Henry
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How will citizens who violate the constitution be handled? Financial penalties, warnings, prison sentences or worse. basketball stars

Cruiser
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Cruiser

Simple, fire them, like any other employee, and prevent them from any further civil service position.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Another case of government tyranny. I am way past politely asking, please do what your oath of office says. She should be arrested, charged, denied bail, prosecuted and when found guilty (by her own words), punished. All the while this is going on she should be sued for damages, pain and suffering etc. Privileges can be denied legally not RIGHTS.

Arm up, carry on.

USA
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USA

“except”?

Email me and I will send you 1 million dollars “except” I’m fresh out of cash at the moment “but” if you are patient maybe the day will come when cash is abundantly piled up all around me and I’m feeling generous.

For those who would ask a master for the right to use RIGHTS there are none.

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Grigori
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Grigori

I absolutely love that poster ref then vs now!

gregs
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gregs

that is the preemption clause in the florida state statutes 790.33 Field of regulation of firearms and ammunition preempted, section (1).
it would be nice if government officials were held accountable to the same standards we are, but they are a much more enlightened group of people.