Florida Carry

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Florida Carry, Inc.
File:Florida Carry Logo.png
Founded January 6, 2011 (2011-01-06)
Founders Sean Caranna, Richard Nascak
Location
Services Membership organization
Method Lobbying, Litigation, outreach programs
Members
Over 30,000 (as of May 2015)
Mission Advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution's Declaration of Rights.
Website FloridaCarry.org

Florida Carry is a non-profit organization that promotes gun rights in Florida. The organization was formed in 2011 to organize gun lobby groups to legally oppose some forms gun legislation in Florida. In 2011, the organization successfully supported a successful bill that allowed out-of-state purchases of long guns. In 2012, they supported a successful bill that allowed honorably discharged veterans to obtain a gun licence regardless of age. In 2013, the group opposed a bill that would have required anger management classes for ammunition buyers. In 2014, the group supported a bill that would have allowed citizens to transport unlicensed guns in their vehicles during evacuations. This bill failed to pass. In the same year they successfully lobbied for a bill that allowed legal immunity to people who used a gun for self-defence during a crime.

History

Florida Carry, Inc. was formed in 2011 in order to better coordinate the activities of some gun rights advocates and to provide a legal entity capable of lobbying the state legislature and file legal challenges in state and federal courts.

Legislative activity

Florida Carry has actively lobbied the Florida Legislature and Governor on self-defense, firearms, and defensive weapons related topics.

2011 Session

During the 2011 Florida Legislative Session Florida Carry’s legislative work focused on the legalization of Open Carry and amending Florida’s 1987 Firearms Preemption Statute to create a private right of action against state actors who violate the law. HB 517 and its companion bill, SB 234, initially provided for the licensed Open Carry of firearms, licensed carry of firearms and defensive weapons on college and university campuses,[1] storage of firearms in private vehicles, the out of state purchase of Long Guns, and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services finger printing services for concealed weapons and firearms license applications. Opposed by the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Sheriffs Association, the bills passed without the Open Carry and Campus Carry provisions. HB 45 and its companion bill, SB 402, provided for Firearms Preemption law enforceability and expansion of the preemption to include substantially all state and local government agencies of Florida. The amended law provides penalties for government officials who knowingly & willfully violate Florida's Firearms Preemption Statute, allows for the collection of attorney’s fees, fines, and damages. HB 45 Passed and became effective October 1, 2011.[2]

2012 Session

In 2012 Florida Carry’s lobbying efforts centered on the passage of HB 463 and SB 998. The bills provided for concealed carry licensure of current military service members and honorably discharged veterans to obtain a license to carry regardless of age or duty station. The bill also requires that fingerprint cards be accepted from military police and provost so that service members stationed overseas can complete their applications. The bills passed the Florida House and Senate unanimously.[3]

2013 Session

The group opposed a Florida bill that would have required anger management courses for ammunition buyers.[4]

2014 Session

During the 2014 Florida Legislative Session Florida Carry supported SB 296[5] in an attempt to create exceptions to criminal penalties for carrying or transporting firearms in public, with or without a license, during mandatory evacuations.[6] Opposed by the Florida Sheriffs Association, the bill failed to pass. Florida Carry also supported changes to Florida’s self-defense laws to allow immunity from prosecution or civil action for the threatened use of force in response to a criminal attack, an exception to mandatory minimum sentencing laws in cases of imperfect self-defense with a firearm, expungement of arrest records in cases of lawful self-defense. Despite the opposition of the Florida Sheriffs Association and state prosecutors, HB 89 became law in June 20, 2014.[7]

References

  1. Palazzolo, Joe (2012-09-21). "Push to Let College Students Carry Guns Picks Up Steam - WSJ". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Florida local gun laws: Florida cities, counties required to purge local gun laws - tribunedigital-orlandosentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2015-07-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. https://web.archive.org/20120416083158/http://www.sunshinestatenews.com:80/blog/gun-bill-extends-conceal-carry-rights-military-personnel-under-21. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2015. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Florida bill would require anger management courses for bullet buyers". Fox News. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2015-07-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Michael Van Sickler (2014-04-09). "Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots | Tampa Bay Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Van, Michael (2014-04-08). "Bill advances to allow Florida gun owners to pack concealed heat during evacuations | Miami Herald Miami Herald". Miamiherald.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/01/florida-warning-shot-bill-advances/