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Florida: Call to Action!

Discussion in 'Activism' started by camacho, Feb 28, 2008.

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  1. camacho

    camacho Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    From todays NRA email. Let's start emailing those folks and get this thing passed.

  2. xsquidgator

    xsquidgator Member

    Jan 14, 2007

    Emails sent to all the reps listed. I also forwarded to my wife and several other gunowners I know who don't normally get active. Rock their world! We have a chance at getting this passed if they think people care.
  3. emb

    emb Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Just an update:

    Bill would allow Florida residents to take guns to work

    Florida residents would be able to keep firearms in their vehicles while at work under a bill approved by a House council Wednesday, the first time the Legislature has taken up the issue this year.

    A similar bill failed in a committee last year, though it didn't require the gun owner to have a concealed weapons permit, as this year's bill does.

    Both sides of the issue agree that the proposal comes down to a matter of property rights. The bill's backers say an individual has the right to carry a firearm in his or her private vehicle. Opponents say business owners have the right to prohibit guns on their property.

    The bill's sponsor, Rep. Greg Evers, R-Baker, argues employees and customers have a Constitutional right to carry firearms. Businesses can't guarantee a person's safety at work, and people should be able to keep guns for protection, he said.

    But the bill isn't about a person's right to have a gun, said Randy Miller, a vice president of the Florida Retail Federation.

    "It's about the ability of employers to establish work rules," Miller said.

    Like most members of the business community, he said an employer's property rights supersede an employee's privacy rights.

    The Florida AFL-CIO agrees that the issue isn't about guns but has reached a different conclusion. A person's Constitutional rights, like having a gun, shouldn't end when a person enters a business, said Rich Templin, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO.

    "Big corporations are basically saying that your rights as citizens stop at the boundaries of our property," Templin said. "If you want to have a job here, you have to give up some rights. If you want to shop here, you have to give up some rights."

    The bill states that no business may prohibit any employee or customer from keeping a legally owned gun locked inside his or her car, as long as the gun owner has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. A similar bill that lacked the requirement for gun owners to hold concealed weapon permits failed last year less than a week after 32 people were shot at Virginia Tech University.

    A National Rifle Association lobbyist, Marion Hammer, said the association had not yet decided whether to support the bill. The association supported last year's bill but will have to consider further whether they support the concealed weapons permit requirement in this year's bill, Hammer said.

    The House Environment & Natural Resources Council approved the bill (HB 503) with a vote of 11-6. The bill will next go to the House floor, but an identical bill (SB 1130) in the Senate is awaiting a committee hearing.
  4. Dave P

    Dave P Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    North Florida

    "This is a good to bill to help protect the law abiding citizens of this great state. The rights of the individual have to take precedence over those of business owners and corporations. Those owners can't discriminate based on race, so why should we allow them to discriminate on legally owned private property (weapons)?

    Pls ensure that it passes!"
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