FL Open Carry Bill Stalled in Committee


March 31, 2011, 07:38 AM


SB 234 – Open Carry/Vehicle Storage/Long Gun Statute Repeal Bill Stalled in Senate Judiciary Committee

Members and friends,

SB 234’s companion bill has expeditiously completed its journey through committee and is waiting to be heard on the House floor. For some undisclosed reason, SB 234 has been stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee since March 16. Normally, the chairperson of the committee is responsible for scheduling bills to be considered. Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami/Dade) is the chairperson for this committee. Her staff maintains that the committee staff has not scheduled the bill, and the committee staff states it is the chairperson’s responsibility. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Evers, has sent multiple formal requests to get the bill scheduled. The next committee meeting is April 4, and SB 234 is still not on the agenda for this meeting.

It is critical that this bill get scheduled and heard, as it still has to pass both this committee and the Senate Rules Committee prior to the end of committee meetings for the session.

Florida Carry is urgently requesting your immediate action to get this bill on the agenda. We need everyone to fire off an e-mail to both Senator Flores and Senate President Mike Haridopolos. We are calling for a “mailbox meltdown”. Early on, Senator Bogdanoff waffled on this bill, and it was your enormous response that got her back on board. We need you to do this again, this time in trump.

Feel free to use the e-mail helper below, and thank you again for your solid support. We’re almost there, and we just need a final push to get this bill to the Governor’s desk for his promised signature.
E-mail Helper (feel free to cut, copy, paste, and edit to suit)
flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov; haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Get SB 234 moving again!

Dear Senators Haridopolos and Flores

Senate Bill 234 has been sitting at the Judiciary Committee since March 16. Its companion bill in the house has already completed committee hearings and awaits a vote on the house floor. It is imperative that SB 234 get scheduled for both the Judiciary and Rules Committees immediately, in order to make the April 26 cutoff date.

Senator Evers has made multiple requests for scheduling the bill, and has been ignored to date. Florida Carry, and other rights organizations, have worked too long and too hard to get this bill to this point, just to have it die in committee within sight of the finish line. Governor Scott has already indicated his intent to sign the bill. Concealed carry licensees have patiently waited for this bill for over 23 years. Florida is one of only seven states that do not permit some form of general open carry. The objections raised by law enforcement and retail associations make no mention that the practice of open carry is successful in 43 states, nor do they acknowledge their dire predictions are the same “blood in the streets” arguments of almost a quarter-century ago. Those predictions have been proven unfounded. There is no substantiated reason for this bill to be stalled at this point.

Please get this bill scheduled immediately for the remaining two committees.

Respectfully yours,
<your name>

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March 31, 2011, 08:15 AM
Passionately sent!

The key here is to find out who is attempting to kill it. It's too obvious with the finger pointing. Keep blaming the other guy :banghead:

March 31, 2011, 08:58 AM

March 31, 2011, 10:29 AM
This is the un-encumbered by the 15rd mag ban Senate OC bill correct? I'm all for people being able to OC if they feel the need, not my personal cup of tea, but to each their own. But I'm not for a OC at the cost of a ineffective, arbitrary mag capacity limit.

March 31, 2011, 10:53 AM
There is no mag ban in the OC bill.

March 31, 2011, 02:03 PM
Done! what happens if they stall it. Will the house bill still go throught to the senate floor or would it have to go to a senate committee as well?

March 31, 2011, 03:41 PM
If it stalls until the end of the session the bill dies.

March 31, 2011, 06:49 PM
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can we not give it cpr or use a defibulator or something! we gotta get this pasted!!!!

March 31, 2011, 07:36 PM
Sent, Lets get this passed!!!!!!!!!!

April 2, 2011, 07:19 AM
Sent as well...I truly hope this passes

April 4, 2011, 10:11 AM
Stalling in committee is a standard tactic for gun rights hypocrites to avoid passing a pro - bill. They proclaim their support and manage to avoid the bill getting to a vote.

Look for the money. Probably the business organizations oppose the bill. Money talks.

April 4, 2011, 07:26 PM
Sent it

April 7, 2011, 07:22 PM
it's moving again

Last Event: 04/07/11 S On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 04/12/11, 1:30 pm, 110 Senate Office Building on Thursday, April 07, 2011 4:21 PM

April 7, 2011, 07:40 PM
Thank goodness... I thought that it was going to die just sitting there...

April 8, 2011, 05:00 PM
Sarduy, it's scheduled for 1PM not 130. No big deal unless people are planning to attend.

Does anybody know when the House bill will move forward?

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