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HB 163 (Open Carry) and HB 4001 (Campus Carry) could be voted on the floor by the full House this week. HB 163 and HB 4001 have cleared all their committee stops and they are both on the “Special Order” calendar for Tuesday February 2nd. Special Order means HB 163 and HB 4001 will have their second reading and then will be rolled over to third reading and the final vote for both bills could happen later this week. ( As of this am they have moved to their third reading)

HB 163 provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon may also openly carry such firearm or weapon. 45 states allow “Open Carry”, Florida is one of only five states that prohibit open carry: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina. It is time for Florida to separate from New York, California and Illinois and join the rest of the country to recognize our natural right to defend ourselves and that bearing Arms is a right that cannot be infringed upon in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Open Carry creates more of a deterrent to criminals, just carrying a concealed weapon does not alert a criminal that you have a firearm. Many studies report criminals will avoid an armed person or home when selecting a victim. According to the Department of Justice 2012 report; Murder rates are 5% higher in non-open carry states, Aggravated assault rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states, Violent crime rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states and Robbery rates are 36% higher in non-open carry states.

HB 4001 will repeal the law that prohibits citizens with a concealed weapons permit from carrying their weapon on Florida Campuses. Our Colleges and Universities are now "Gun Free Zones" and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves. Despite unproven claims from the anti-gun rights groups, eight States have “Campus Carry” including Utah for the last ten years and Utah University officials report no improper incidents on campus in that 10 year time period.

The anti-gun crowd will be applying heavy pressure on legislators to stop this bill. We need you to make phone calls and e-mails to ensure that legislators understand that bearing Arms is a right that cannot be infringed upon in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

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Comment by FCTP on February 4, 2016 at 8:02am
Comment by FCTP on February 3, 2016 at 7:59pm

UPDATE:  Today 2/3 PM;

General Bill by Judiciary Committee and Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Gaetz (CO-SPONSORS) Baxley; Combee; Drake; Eagle; Fant; Gonzalez; Ingram; O'Toole; Renner; Smith; Stone; Tobia; Trumbull; Van Zant
Weapons and FirearmsProviding that certain persons and public entities that infringe on specified rights of an individual may be subject to liability under specified provisions and have no immunity; providing that an employer may direct an employee regarding weapons; specifying that a law enforcement officer may arrest a person for the unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon only upon reasonable suspicion or probable cause that such a violation is being committed; providing that certain legislators may carry a concealed weapon or firearm in meetings of the Legislature, etc.
Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Event: CS passed as amended; YEAS 80, NAYS 38 on Wednesday, February 03, 2016 7:28 PM

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