Skip to comments.Emergency Florida concealed-carry bill killed by last minute amendments
Posted on 05/03/2014 8:54:19 PM PDT by shove_it
A bill to allow law-abiding citizens without concealed carry permits to bear arms during declared mandatory evacuations was effectively killed in the Florida Senate Thursday.
Its sponsor shelved the legislation after an amendment was attached to it that only granted powers to evacuees for a 24-hour period. The measure had previously endured an uphill fight to get through the House and a series of Senate committees.
(The amendment) makes it a felony if youre a minute late after the evacuation, Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-Petersburg), the bills sponsor, said Thursday. It makes the bill anti-Second Amendment. It defeats the whole purpose.
Brandes bill, SB 296, would allow a person to carry a concealed firearm, as long as they are able to lawfully possess that firearm, without a permit to do so during a mandatory evacuation order following a declared state of emergency.
Despite the fact that the state has suffered 63 tropical or subtropical cyclones since 2000, the measure was met with resistance by the Florida Sheriffs Association and even mocked by one senator who tried to rename the legislation An act relating to the zombie apocalypse.
With the end of the current session just around the corner, Sen. Jack Latvala, (R-Clearwater), proposed an amendment to limit the time period that evacuees could bear concealed weapons without a permit to 24-hours or whenever they reached their destination, whichever came first.
Once the amendment was attached, Brandes tabled the bill to the Special Order Calendar, effectively killing it.
It just provides a reasonable limit, Latvala said, after his amendment was attached to the bill following a 23-15 vote.
Gun-rights groups had supported the original legislation and were dismayed at the latest development.
The intention, all along, of the Florida Sheriffs Association was to kill the bill, said Marion Hammer, founder of Unified Sportsmen of Florida (USF) and the National Rifle Associations lobbyist in Florida, to Guns.com.
With the help of Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and a handful of Republicans who generally claim to support the Second Amendment but obviously dont, they succeeded, she said, adding, Sometimes you have to lose in order to identify the real enemies. This was one of those times.
While several states have passed legislation in recent years, including hurricane-prone Mississippi and Louisiana that would prohibit the seizure of guns during disasters, the Florida bill was largely unique in its scope in providing temporary Constitutional carry abilities.
Brandes states that he will not reintroduce the Florida bill this session.
As for Hammer, shes not too pleased with the Florida Sheriffs Association.
The Florida Sheriffs Association tried to kill HB-89 the so-called warning shot bill but failed. They pulled out all the stops on the mandatory evacuation bill, she said. Make no mistake, the Florida Sheriffs Association has declared war on the Second Amendment.
Categories: Concealed Carry, Politics & 2nd Amendment
Below is the Roll Call vote on the amendment. Passage of that amendment killed the bill, as it was intended to do. Sometimes you need to lose in order to identify the real enemy. This was one of those times.
TRUE Second Amendment Supporters who voted to protect your rights were:
Sen. Thad Altman (R)
Sen. Aaron Bean (R)
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
Sen. Rob Bradley (R)
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R)
Sen. Greg Evers (R)
Sen. Bill Galvano (R)
Sen. Andy Gardiner (R)
Sen. Tom Lee (R)
Sen. Joe Negron (R)
Sen. David Simmons (R)
Sen. Wilton Simpson (R)
Sen. Kelli Stargel (R)
Sen. John Trasher (R)
Sen. President Don Gaetz (R)
Those who voted for the Latvala amendment to kill the bill:
Sen. Charlie Dean
Sen. Nancy Detert
Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Sen. Rene Garcia
Sen. Denise Grimsley
Sen. Alan Hays
Sen. Jack Latvala
Sen. John Legg
Sen. Garrett Richter
Sen. Joe Abruzzo
Sen. Oscar Braynon
Sen. Dwight Bullard
Sen. Jeff Clemens
Sen. Audrey Gibson
Sen. Arthenia Joyner
Sen. Gwen Margolis
Sen. Bill Montford
Sen. Jeremy Ring
Sen. Maria Sachs
Sen. Chris Smith
Sen. Eleanor Sobel
Sen. Darren Soto
Sen. Geraldine Thompson
Below is the link to another clipping on the issue.
Florida: Emergency concealed carry bill killed by last minute amendments
Finally, as always, we never quit. The bill will be filed again next year and as many years as it takes to pass it. Your rights are not just being violated, they are being denied.
I have tried to get the names of the turncoat sheriffs who are denying our 2A rights but have been unable to discover the list.
It looks like a lot of the same ones who voted for tuition killed this bill.
Um, if there is a “declared mandatory evacuation” I’m thinking it might be quite a fiasco in the first place. Just carry openly and if enough of Floridians “declare” they WILL be doing such (by writing their congress-critters NOW) if things become mandatory; the LEO’s will have other things to worry about besides arresting a couple hundred thousand Floridians.
Guess they can’t spell infringed.