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Florida Carry Accomplishments

Florida Carry Accomplishments Timeline

 


2012:

  • Successfully negotiated to end the longstanding policy of denying entry to those who lawfully carry at the Florida State Fair. Signs were changed and security was retrained. For the first time in the history of state-issued carry licenses, licensees are welcome to carry at the Fair!

  • Authored and introduced HB 463 & SB 998 to allow military members and veterans under 21 to apply for their Florida Carry License (CWFL).
    • Unanimously passed both Florida House and Senate!
      • No pro-gun bill that we are aware of has EVER passed with unanimous support.
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  • Co-Authored and introduced SB 1732 to provide for statewide uniform laws regulating Knives and Defensive Weapons carried by those with a licensee to carry.
    • Bill died in committee
  • Successfully provided legal defense for Hueris Mora; a lawful concealed carry licensee who was arrested and actively prosecuted for violation of Florida's Open Carry Ban when his properly holstered handgun became unconcealed as he raised his hands and informed an officer that he was legally armed during a vehicle stop.
    • Mr. Mora's gun was seized and he was maliciously prosecuted for over six months despite having committed no crime.  Florida Carry attorneys had his charges dismissed with prejudice.  Then, even with a lawyer, it still took four more months to get him his gun back.
  • Forced repeal of anti-gun ordinance in Leesburg Florida by successfuly sueing to demand compliance with state firearms preemption law.


2011:

  • Florida Carry filed a lawsuit against the University of North Florida (Florida Carry v. UNF) to end their unlawful and dangerous parking lot gun ban.
    • Case is ongoing.
      • Ruling on Injunction is currently pending.
  • Florida Carry identified and worked with over 300 jurisdictions with unlawful gun control ordinances.
    • Most have responded to Florida Carry's efforts by complying.  Ordinances were repealed and gun ban signs were taken down statewide.
    • A few jurisdictions, universities, and colleges have decided to test our resolve.
      • Lawsuits are ongoing, more are pending...
  • SB 234 was introduced with NRA support to decriminalize open carry by concealed carry licensees.
    • The bill was amended to only protect brief exposure of an otherwise concealed firearm.
  • HB 45 made Florida's 24 year old firearms preemption law (F.S. 790.33) enforceable.
  • Authored and introduced HB 499/SB 1220 to allow military members and veterans under 21 to apply for their CWFL.
    • 2011 Bill died in committee 
    • UPDATE: Passed Unanimously in 2012! See HB 463 and SB 998.
  • Successful in having all anti-gun ordinances repealed in nearly 300 jurisdictions across the state.
  • Successful in having all anti-gun signs taken down statewide.
  • Had unlawful and ill-advised signs removed from the Florida Fish and Wildlife's Babcock-Webb Public Shooting Range.
    • These locally enacted policies created an extremely dangerous situation by forcing gun owners to stop on a public street and clear their firearms along the road before driving in to the range parking lot.
    • Patrons of the range can now safely clear their firearms before reaching the firing line.

2010:

  • First Open Carry Fishing event held in Daytona Beach, FL 7/3/2011 to raise awareness of, and lobby for, Open Carry rights in Florida.
    • Florida and only six other states have wide bans on Open Carry.
  • Began campaign to challenge local laws that violate Firearms Preemption and lobbied to have a bill introduced to make Preemption Enforceable. 
    • Subsequently HB 45 was introduced and passed with NRA support.
  • Had unlawful and ill advised anti-gun "gunbusters" signs removed from public parks and buildings in Duval, Lee, Volusia, and Flagler counties.
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