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Free Gun Law Seminar in Jacksonville on Thursday.  Thanks to U.S. Law Shield our members and supporters have free access to this event. See this site for details: www.gunlawseminar.com Promo Code:  FloridaCarry   (no space) Register at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8yqp9x2fd686444 Thursday April 24, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM EDT Morocco Shrine Center  3800 Saint Johns Bluff Rd SJacksonville, FL 32224
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2014 7:23:49 AM | Feedback (0)
But this time I'll make an exception as Florida Carry needs your support.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/16/2014 10:23:22 AM | Feedback (0)
Eric Friday is one of our top law guys for Florida Carry. Great guy, talks really fast. He was on the news recently Uh…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/8/2014 8:55:43 AM | Feedback (5)
Tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday April 8th 2014), Senate Bill 296 by Sen. Brandes will be before the Florida Senate Community Affairs Committee. This is the bill that the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) has been using to fight against the very core of your right to bear arms. At the request of the FSA, two amendments have been filed that would gut the bill's protections of your right to bear arms during an emergency evacuation. An almost identical North Carolina law to the one that the FSA...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/7/2014 9:15:31 PM | Feedback (0)
Illegal Mayors Demanding Action from Gun-banning Moms Local-government officials and members of a national organization that advocates local ordinances to control firearms lashed out at Florida law that reserves all gun regulation for the state legislature. Members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said at a Wednesday press conference the law, passed in 1987 as the Joe Carlucci Uniform Firearms Act, creates across-the-board gun regulations that may...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/4/2014 9:21:39 AM | Feedback (7)
Sadly, Florida Carry will probably be seeing more checks like this. 131,457 reasons why local officials should not violate Florida Firearms Preemption Laws. We hope that they get the message, but sadly it isn't likely and Florida Carry, Inc. expects that we'll be getting more checks like this one. University of N. Fla tried to disallow firearms in vehicles on campus in spite of Fla. State law allowing such. The Fla. state 2nd Amendment watch dog group, Florida Carry then sues and wins. The...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/1/2014 11:33:09 AM | Feedback (8)
Florida Carry’s lawsuit against Easter Florida State College that we filed yesterday? They folded. You join yet?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/4/2014 8:58:44 AM | Feedback (7)
On Thursday January 30th there was an apparent self-defense incident in the parking lot at the Palm Bay campus of Eastern Florida State College. While we won't be commenting on the incident until all relevant facts are known, something very troubling has come to light as a result. In December the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with Florida Carry in our lawsuit against the University of North Florida. This case ruled that college policies prohibiting the lawful possession of firearms and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/4/2014 7:13:14 AM | Feedback (2)
Or in this case, hate voice mail. As you know, Florida Carry has sued the University of Florida over their illegal rules regarding firearms on campus. This has lead to some interesting posts on Facebook, and most of them can be summed up with the transcript of the following voicemail (transcription error marked with bold) I just wanna know what the hell is wrong with you, my son goes. UCF. Why would you wanna give 18 year olds gun?  They can barely do their own laundry. You're a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2014 1:09:23 PM | Feedback (13)
Friday, January 10, 2014For Immediate Release Gainesville FL - Florida Carry, Inc. has today filed a lawsuit against the University Florida (UF), seeking a permanent injunction to protect the rights of students, faculty, and the public from the university’s illegal and unconstitutional regulations prohibiting firearms and weapons on all university property. Since 1987 the Florida Legislature has preempted firearms law and issued state-wide licenses to carry for self-defense.  In December...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/12/2014 9:06:20 AM | Feedback (10)
ISSUE: Law abiding gun owners have been prosecuted for simply drawing their firearms to deter an assailant, drawing jail time, and in some cases, a felony conviction which bars them from possessing a firearm indefinitely.  BACKGROUND: The passage of Florida's 10-20-Life law was a blessing to the law-abiding citizens of the state...and simultaneously became a curse when abused by overzealous prosecutors. There are some gun-hating states attorney whose blind hatred for firearms cause them to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2014 8:39:53 AM | Feedback (8)
Demystifying FL Gun Laws for FL Lawyers Nobody should expect an attorney to be an expert in every area of the law.  There are just too many laws, which each and every one of us must follow to the letter, for any attorney to fully understand them.  There are all kinds of resources out there for lawyers who want to get up to speed on an area of the law but, as you may expect, few resources on Florida gun and weapon laws. And Florida Carry is remedying that.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/2/2014 8:31:17 AM | Feedback (1)
source FDLE and FL DOACS
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/29/2013 10:34:47 AM | Feedback (7)
FL COLLEGES CANNOT REGULATE FIREARMS ON CAMPUS Jacksonville, FL - On Tuesday, the First Florida District Court of Appeals ruled colleges and universities have no vested or delegated authority to regulate firearms on campus, and only the Legislature has that authority. This watershed decision is the first significant test of the preemption statute, §790.33 Florida Statutes, since it was amended in 2011 to allow for penalties to be imposed on state agencies in violation.  Alexandria...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/13/2013 8:53:32 AM | Feedback (5)
https://www.floridacarry.org/images/stories/UNF/Florida_Carry_v_UNF_1-DCA_Decision.pdf We’ll have more to say on this later, but this is a huge win.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2013 8:34:42 AM | Feedback (2)
Immediate Action Needed to Stop ATF 41P, Comments Close on December 9 ISSUE: The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking which if approved, would completely change the criteria for the establishment of National Firearms Act (NFA) trusts by individuals and corporations. It would require any individual using a trust to be photographed, fingerprinted and most egregiously, obtain the approval by signature of their local chief law...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2013 9:34:48 AM | Feedback (6)
FLORIDA CARRY URGENT ACTION REQUEST Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Florida House Democrats want to ignore your voices Today, Florida House Democrats made the remarkable statement that they don't want to hear from you! The snub was made at a press conference (http://thefloridachannel.org/video/11613-house-democrats-press-conference-on-stand-your-ground/) held to urge Republicans in the House to compromise away provisions in the Stand Your Ground legislation. Speaking on behalf of the House...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2013 8:39:29 AM | Feedback (2)
No-Guns signs go up and come back down in less than a day After discussing it with legal counsel, the department posted signs outside the building Thursday stating, “Firearms and weapons are prohibited in this facility unless in the possession of an on-duty law enforcement officer.” The signs were up for one day until Florida Carry Inc., a gun rights group, contacted the Health Department and said it had received bad legal advice, Chapman said. The department discussed the issue with its...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/27/2013 10:51:29 AM | Feedback (6)
Win a MAG FULL OF FREEDOM this 4th of July Weekend by Joining Florida Carry. Two New and/or renewing members who sign up between 8pm EDT Thursday, July 4th 2013 and 8pm EDT the Following Monday will be randomly selected to receive a 30-round PMAG M3 FULL of top quality 60gr Vmax .223 Ammo. https://www.floridacarry.org/join
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2013 4:06:40 PM | Feedback (2)
I’ve always been proud to be a member of Florida Carry and last night’s board meeting reminded me why we’re a good organization. First and foremost, the group is more concerned about Floridian’s rights to keep and bear arms than it is about making money. The money is absolutely necessary to be able to file the lawsuits we do as well as fund activities necessary to push for the right kinds of legislation, but it’s not out primary driver. There were opportunities to simply take cash settlements...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2013 8:25:16 AM | Feedback (1)
So there was this ‘anti-gun group’ that met recently near me. They weren’t going to take “No” for an answer, no matter how many Americans said it, they wanted gun control and they wanted it now. One lady was mortified that there were ‘assault weapons’ capable of firing “154 rounds a minute” (no clue where she got that number from) and I wondered if she’d be ok with revolvers being that Jerry Miculek has shown he can pop off about 240 rounds a minute with reloads. Nonetheless, I honestly...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2013 10:59:44 AM | Feedback (5)
Today Florida Carry, Inc., filed an action to stop Daytona Beach's illegal practice of refusing to return firearms to people, including veterans, who were Baker Acted but found to be no danger to themselves or others.  For too long, many jurisdictions throughout Florida have refused to follow the law.  In 2009 the Florida Attorney General made clear in an opinion that the continued detention of firearms after a person was released without being found to be a danger to themselves or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/23/2013 8:01:26 AM | Feedback (4)
FL SUPREME COURT DENIES STATE ATTEMPT TO KILL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS QUESTION On Friday, April 19, 2013, Florida’s Supreme Court denied a motion by the State Attorney to prohibit the Fourth District Court of Appeals from considering the appeal of a Concealed Carry Licensee who was convicted of violating Florida's Open Carry Ban and answering three questions which the county court considered to be of great public importance. The case at hand is State v. Norman. On February 19, 2012, Dale Norman,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2013 8:39:37 AM | Feedback (0)
Action Needed – Florida Bill to Protect Right to Self-Defense Florida Carry Bill to Protect People Who Act in Self-Defense from ProsecutionFlorida Carry needs your help! Florida Carry has submitted a “Defense of Life, Home, & Property” bill to the Florida legislature for consideration. In the Senate, this bill is called SB 1446 and is being sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman. On the House side, the bill is called HB 1047 and is being sponsored by Rep. Neil Combee. The bill comprises two main...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/18/2013 9:49:07 AM | Feedback (1)
A bill to expand Stand Your Ground protections is being filed in Florida. Not restrict, not neuter, but to expand the protections offered for citizens doing the right thing. Now, I will say I think warning shots are dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb and I’m actually not fond of promoting them as a valid way to scare off intruders - warning shots should be placed center mass, period. However, it’s logical that if you fire in a direction not at your attacker, you are not using lethal force (just poor...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2013 8:42:12 AM | Feedback (15)
While California Senator Dianne Feinstein was filing a bill in the U.S. Senate to ban millions of privately owned firearms, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office filed documents attempting to have the Florida Supreme Court prohibit a Florida appellate court from hearing the case of Dale Norman, a concealed carry licensee who was convicted of violating Florida’s ban on the unconcealed carry of firearms. In Florida, it is generally unlawful to carry a firearm except under the state’s...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/25/2013 8:24:24 AM | Feedback (4)
Florida Carry and over 27 other State and National organizations form “National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban” When the 1994 “Assault Weapons” Ban was proposed many gun owners thought that the bill had no chance of passing. They were shocked that the bill actually became law. Sen. Feinstein is at it again with a legislative proposal that will be published as early as today. Her new ban is even more restrictive than the 1994 ban. We are beginning to see supposedly pro-gun Republicans and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2013 7:33:43 AM | Feedback (4)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has released a summary of the gun control measures that she wishes to implement, mere days after the horrific shooting of 26 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  Ceasing on the “opportunity to do things [that he] could not do before”… On Sunday, President Obama declared he would use the “full weight” of his office to support the measure.  We, as a nation, have endured more than 40 years of the modern gun control...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2013 11:01:57 AM | Feedback (10)
There is a new petition online that provides a legislative roadmap for improving Florida’s Self-Defense laws.  Please sign the petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/florida-state-legislature-governor-protect-the-right-to-bear-arms-for-self-defense-2 Recently Florida Carry’s Lead Attorney, Eric J. Friday, provided testimony to the Governor’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection.  He concluded his presentation on strengthening and correcting the deficiencies in the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/14/2012 8:14:48 AM | Feedback (0)
But here’s some cold wind to go along with it The Generally Pro-Carry Supermajority was lost in the FL House and reduced in the FL Senate as we face challenges to Florida’s Self-Defense and Right to Carry laws in the next legislative session. Two articles from Sunshine State News provide some insight on the State races. http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/gop-maintains-senate-super-majority-which-grows-more-business-friendlyand...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2012 10:42:34 AM | Feedback (3)
At least according to Florida AG Pam Bondi you are [A]n overwhelming majority of Floridians are not licensed to carry concealed weapons. As of August 31, 2012, the number of concealed weapon or firearm permits issued in Florida is 971,263. Where Florida had an estimated population of 19,057,542 in 2011, the percentage of the population that is licensed to carry a concealed weapon is only five percent (5%). Given the small percentage of the population that is licensed to carry a concealed...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/8/2012 10:35:47 AM | Feedback (10)
One of the recurring themes in many of the speeches given at the Gun Rights Policy Conference was how many bad gun laws were products of poorly informed legislators and their aids. Sure there are some stubborn, anti gun idiots that get in office and don’t care what the numbers say, they’re bannin’ them guns dagnabbit! However, there are many, many more who are just ignorant on the whole affair who go along with whoever shows up at their offices and gives them their information. This is one of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/2/2012 10:12:07 AM | Feedback (1)
Because you let them arrest Scummy McScumbag for the “crime of carrying a gun” and before you know it, carry a gun is a crime. For everyone. Even if you have a permit Now the courts are saying that anytime you carry a firearm you are committing a crime.  If you have a concealed carry license, that just gives you an “affirmative defense” to the charges. It’s a crime to carry a gun, which they can arrest you for, which you then can present your permit as a defense. Later. After all of it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/18/2012 1:44:42 PM | Feedback (7)
Folks, this is just our press release for today, but trust me, I have a LOT more to discuss on this topic. This case is going to be huge, and I mean in the same vein as Heller and McDonald. More to come later, but please read through this to get  your started Florida County Court Judge off target on the right to bear arms. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug 14th 2012 Ft. Pierce, FL - Today, St. Lucie County Judge Cliff Barnes denied all constitutional arguments to dismiss the case against Dale...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2012 10:49:48 AM | Feedback (7)
And Sean Caranna is keeping some pretty good enemies. Talk about pissing off the right people.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2012 8:50:15 AM | Feedback (3)
As we all know, thanks to L'affaire de Zimmerman, Stand Your Ground laws have come under attack, being called everything from Shoot First to “Legalized Vigilantism”, none of which are true. However, when you get into discussing SYG, it’s important you have some decent points to bring up. SYG acknowledges that most violent crime occurs outside the home. Many will say “Castle Doctrine” is all you need, but this is false. You can be attacked anywhere. SYG simply allows an individual the legal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2012 9:52:30 AM | Feedback (9)
June 18, 2012 Leesburg, FL - Motivated by the filing of a lawsuit by Florida Carry alleging violation of Florida's 25 year-old Firearms law preemption statute, the Leesburg City Commission has repealed their anti-gun ordinance. Ironically, the lawsuit could have been completely avoided had the city simply repealed the unlawful ordinance when they were originally notified that the ordinance was in violation of preemption by Florida Carry. On behalf of Florida Carry's membership, Executive...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/18/2012 8:57:37 AM | Feedback (4)
Did my Open Carry fishing event this weekend. My oldest went with me for the first time and fell in love with fishing. She now wants her own pole and asked to go again next month. As unfishermanlike as I am, I still might just go ahead and take her sooner than that. Things that make my daughters happy are things I try not to only do once a month. Ooh! A lady fish! Now, the day was nice and the pier was busy, which is exactly what I want with these events. We got the occasional...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2012 9:11:19 AM | Feedback (4)
Looks like anti-safety Senator Chris Smith decided to publish his ‘task farce’ finding on Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws. I couldn’t open it due to errors.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/30/2012 7:21:23 PM | Feedback (1)
Stand Your Ground Support The Right to Fight Back For Your Life Those of you who follow our press releases and newsletters are aware that we do not tend to exaggerate the criticality of any given piece of legislation or situation.  There have been some important bills over the past few years that we at Florida Carry have either asked you to support or oppose to help secure your right to bear arms. Our work has always been aimed at either removing undue restrictions on the possession...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/27/2012 8:51:35 AM | Feedback (3)
Governor Rick Scott, who only got my vote because his opponent was dead set on treating the Florida Economy like a cheap lawn dart, has decided that nothing would be better for his reelection chances than to appoint a task force of anti-gun ninnies to comb over every firearm law in Florida. This does not bode well for the sunshine state. The Zimmerman / Martin circus is being used as a backdrop for many, many anti-gun groups to get their nose under the tent. This isn’t just bad for...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2012 8:45:31 AM | Feedback (19)
http://www.floridacarry.org/legislation/25-2012-session/41-2012 HB463 & SB998 – Shall Issue Carry Licenses for Military & Vets: Those who defend our country overseas should be able to defend themselves and their families at home. There have been too many incidences of violence against our troops who have just returned from overseas deployments and found themselves defenseless at home. Florida Carry authored legislation that will insure that our current troops and honorably discharged...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/16/2012 9:05:22 AM | Feedback (8)
Leesburg FL (March 14th, 2012)  As was reported in December, the City of Leesburg has decided to stick by its anti-gun laws in direct defiance of state law and their own city charter. Leesburg City Manager Jay Evans has flatly refused our requests that the city repeal its firearm ordinances, in compliance with state preemption of firearms law. City Manager Evans stated that: "Any action taken in the future regarding the existence of these laws in our Code of Ordinances will be...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2012 1:27:09 PM | Feedback (13)
You know things are going well Despite its reputation as a gun-friendly state, Florida is losing ground to liberal enclaves like Vermont and Maine when it comes to carrying concealed weapons. Four states -- Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming -- allow their residents to "conceal carry" without a permit. Twelve more states are considering legislation to join that group. But Florida is not among them. … Such laissez-faire laws have alternately earned praise or elicited...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/9/2012 9:25:49 AM | Feedback (3)
Because they, like Starbucks, follow state law and allow weapons into the fair. From this   Wanding patrons and no weapons signs To this   We’re winning. Just not as fast as the anti’s are losing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/15/2012 10:45:22 AM | Feedback (6)
Unless you’re someone whose sole job is to apply the law, then you’re in the clear Ignorance of the law helped clear Sheriff Jerry Demings' political lobbyist of wrongdoing for handing out gun owners' restricted driver's license photos last year in Tallahassee to lobby against an open-carry law, Orange County sheriff's records show. Capt. Mike Fewless set off a statewide controversy in a April by distributing eight photos from a secret intelligence file that he claimed were outlaw bikers...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/12/2012 10:47:39 AM | Feedback (1)
Florida Carry is thrilled to see that CS/HB 463, a bill that allows any soldier, regardless of age to be able to obtain a concealed weapons permit in Florida, has now passed two hurdles with unanimous votes. Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Provides that otherwise qualified members & veterans of U.S. Armed Forces be issued concealed weapon or firearm license regardless of age in certain circumstances; provides additional methods for taking of fingerprints from such license applicants;...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2012 10:09:25 AM | Feedback (12)
From the City of Miami Commission meeting minutes from 11/17/11 George Wysong: Thank you. George Wysong, assistant City attorney, City of Miami. We're respectfully asking you to approve SR.2 for no other reason than to protect my Commissioners here because the statute essentially goes after the Commissioners. It says that you're subject to a $5,000 fine. The City cannot expend public funds to defend you. And ultimately, it could be removal from office. Commissioner Suarez: Move it. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2012 1:39:40 PM | Feedback (12)
Sean explains why there are limited opportunities to fix our gun rights here in Florida. As a side note, when I challenge people to find actual cases of someone OC’ing that resulted in a loss of gun rights, I actually know of a few. That there story contains one.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/20/2011 8:40:12 AM | Feedback (3)
Now that we have put teeth in to the state firearms preemption law, usually when we contact cities and counties about their preempted firearms ordinances we have great success in having their unlawful gun control laws removed from the books. Mostly we get cooperative and constructive replies like this one received yesterday from The Town of Lady Lake: Dear Mr. Nascak, Thank you for bring this to my attention.  We have recently removed a section in Chapter 10 regarding firearms...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/16/2011 2:01:24 PM | Feedback (9)
Are those of politicians whining about their chestnuts being in the fire. As expected, the media and local politicians who have been flaunting state preemption for years with no reproductions, have been foaming at the mouth ever since this bill was passed in Florida. I’ve probably seen at least an article every couple of days condemning it. That’s a good sign we need to bring this idea to other states, like Pennsylvania, who have plenty of local worms who pretend preemption is a mere...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2011 10:36:01 AM | Feedback (5)
The great thing about blogs is that you can really get a good sense of what’s going on in the world by reading things from people who are closer to the action. This can be political happenings, military, or even hobbyists discussing the latest trends. Here on this blog, when I’m not just filling up the page with inane chatter, I of course discuss our right to keep an bear arms. However, I have really had my eyes opened to the political sausage machine by being part of Florida Carry. While we.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/16/2011 9:07:14 AM | Feedback (4)
How easily did Miami-Dade county fold? Miami, FL., October 31, 2011 – As we reported earlier, Florida Carry, Inc. planned to file lawsuits today against the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County to end their unlawful gun control ordinances. Moments before the cases were filed with the court, we received assurances from the Miami City Attorney's Office that their unlawful ordinances will be repealed on November 17th. Miami-Dade County has also agendaed [sic] a measure to repeal its gun control...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/1/2011 10:32:33 AM | Feedback (7)
Not too long ago, Ari Abraham Porth (D – Outer Space) decided that Boy Scouts should be the next target of SWAT teams and police raids by introducing a bill that would have banned  the common pocket knife from any school ground Possession of Weapons on School Property: Prohibits possession of common pocketknife, except as authorized, at school-sponsored event or on property of any school, school bus, or school bus stop. I am proud to say that due to Florida Carry shining a light on...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/24/2011 5:45:30 PM | Feedback (4)
Armed robbery on the FSU campus? That’s unpossible! Guns are illegal on a campus On October 22, 2011 at about 10:50pm, an armed robbery occurred on Academic Way near the Business Building on the north end of campus. A male and a female where walking together when they were approached by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the victim's belongings and fled south from the area. Police did an immediate search of the area, but the suspects had already fled....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/24/2011 11:50:47 AM | Feedback (1)
The statewide chapters of the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus will be holding empty holster events very soon.  We need your unwanted OWB and field type holsters. Busted Fobus, worn out OWB, or that old military holster sitting in the drawer, we have a home for them that can help expand gun rights in the state of FL! Please mail your holster donation to: Students for Concealed Carry C/O Florida Carry 1090 Wild Holly Dr Port Orange, FL. 32129-4055 Cash is also welcome...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/13/2011 7:22:00 AM | Feedback (1)
And you can get the job done with a crowbar! From Sean Caranna on Facebook regarding HB45 (the crown jewel of laws passed!) I just got off the phone with Commissioners from Clay County. Two of them went out to the building entrance with a wrench and a crowbar and ripped down the "No Guns" signs posted on the County Admin Building. It's great when you have local leaders who are willing to work with you to address problems. Great job, Sean.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2011 2:59:02 PM | Feedback (2)
We have the first two, we really could use the third item to make the most use of the first. Firearms Preemption Enforceable Tomorrow. As you probably know, we worked hard during the last legislative session to help pass Florida's Firearms Preemption Enforceability Bill (HB45).  The new law will allow us to hold public officials accountable for violations of state law in their attempts at gun control. We have worked in good faith with jurisdictions and agencies across the state...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/30/2011 11:25:55 AM | Feedback (2)
A bill has been introduced to ban pocket knives from any sort of edumacational campus. Seriously. 20     (2)(a)  A person shall not possess any firearm, electric 21     weapon or device, destructive device, or other weapon as defined 22     in s. 790.001(13), including a razor blade or box cutter or a 23     common pocketknife, except as authorized in support of school- ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/22/2011 8:41:21 AM | Feedback (12)
I would be remiss if I didn’t report that this past weekend, there was an actual problem at one of the Open Carry fishing events held by Florida Carry. At the Fort Lauderdale event, three deputies arrived as one of our members was packing up. The first words out of the deputy’s mouth were “If you touch your gun, you will get shot.” That was not the appropriate introduction from an officer. Now, the rest of the encounter went smoothly. There were no arrests, no arguments, and most...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/13/2011 9:00:58 AM | Feedback (10)
So this Saturday I hosted Florida Carry’s monthly overtly political, in your face, ‘look at me I crave attention’ Open Carry fishing event at the North Skyway Fishing Pier. This was a change from our normal venue and since the best we’ve been able to do is give an elderly lady the vapors over an AR-15 pistol, we figured we could scare more people at a larger pier. Alas, no luck here either. Now, not only was I trying to be an over-the-top, over-compensating gun owner like I’ve been told, I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2011 1:20:09 PM | Feedback (10)
I’ll be the first to admit that I was displeased with the outcome of Senate Bill 234 and Open Carry here in Florida. While the logic was sound on the merits and morality of Open Carry, we had strong opposition from both the Florida Retail Federation (who didn’t want to be forced to make a decision between law abiding carriers and PSH patrons) as well as the Sheriff’s Association. Sadly, neither group had a coherent or logical argument against Open Carry, instead they resorted to lies,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/30/2011 9:07:32 AM | Feedback (1)
Florida- Lee law change would allow guns, ammunition on RSW airport property [Update – from the comments, it appears this article may contain incorrect information. I’ll look into it more as I have time, but caveat emptor as they say] If I’m considered safe to have a firearm right here, 3” to my left isn’t going to make a difference. Neither is 3’, 3km, or 3 astronomical units. Where I am has nothing to do with my ability or desire to cause mayhem. Invisible barriers and faded gun-buster signs.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/29/2011 9:33:24 AM | Feedback (5)
Putnam county folds on illegal gun laws A review of county ordinances found two instances that restricted gun use, Castleberry said during a Board of Commissioners public hearing in Palatka. One ordinance bars firearm use in county parks. The other ordinance authorizes restrictions and suspensions when a local emergency had been declared. But both now are history. We need to expand HB45 to start removing ‘protections’ from politicians, lawmakers, and police. I realize some level...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2011 3:59:54 PM | Feedback (9)
The rest just fall on their own accord.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2011 12:46:21 PM | Feedback (3)
Florida is only 1 of 6 states that disallows firearms in non-sensitive areas of an airport The Federal government has determined that the "sterile area" is the "sensitive place" at an airport but Florida has gone much farther and banned even licensed carry inside the entire terminal, on this topic Florida is one of the most restrictive places in the country. Emphasis mine. I didn’t know this a while back. I may have even blogged about committing a felony....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/4/2011 12:05:10 PM | Feedback (7)
More and more Florida ordinances which have been illegal for 25 continue to fall "There's no point in keeping this on the books because we couldn't enforce it anyhow," Kee told the commission. "This does not keep the city from enforcing state firearm laws." Good, I’m glad they recognize that. State law, while still a bit overbearing in my opinion, is plenty enough to ‘promote safety’ or whatever the catch phrase is these days. You don’t promote safety by having a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/4/2011 9:30:36 AM | Feedback (3)
Lots and lots and lots of things. It’s like Christmas just keeps coming earlier and earlier. I mean, really, what’s better to stuff your stocking with than the wailing and gnashing of lawmakers’ teeth?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/3/2011 9:49:31 AM | Feedback (6)
Gulf Breeze starts coming into compliance with HB45 The Gulf Breeze City Council this week OK’d changes to its code of ordinances that are meant to ensure the city has no gun regulation laws on its books that conflict with state gun laws. Again, I was disappointed that we didn’t get Open Carry passed, but truly HB45 and the strengthening of preemption was the most important piece of legislation passed this year. Why? Anyone who enacts or enforces any law that could be construed as...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2011 11:14:47 AM | Feedback (2)
We need Floridians help pushing the OC Petition to over 10,000. Go. Click. Help.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2011 8:29:15 AM | Feedback (2)
HB 45 has counties running scared from gun control Gulf Breeze City Council today unanimously OK'd allowing the city attorney to rescind and amend ordinances on its book that may conflict with a new state gun law. And, as usual, those ‘in charge’ whine and cry that they’re being held to the same laws the ‘little people’ Any appointed or elected government official or department head who enacts or enforces a law that conflicts with the state law will personally face fines up to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2011 1:14:08 PM | Feedback (6)
While we didn’t get the Open Carry laws we wanted this time around, the strengthening of preemption was big. How big? This big Stuart commissioners agreed to erase the word firearms from all its ordinances, on first reading Monday, to avoid conflicting with a new state law sponsored by state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and pushed by the National Rifle Association. City officials had initially said they didn't believe any local changes were needed to meet the new law that sets fines for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2011 11:00:12 AM | Feedback (4)
St. Petersburg wants to pretend HB45 didn’t pass Two City Council members say enough is enough. They want the city to take some kind of action — even if it's just symbolic — to address the intertwined problems of crime and gun violence. City Council member Steve Kornell said he hopes to get the debate started at the June 6 council meeting. One of his proposals will be for the council to ask for reinstatement of the federal Assault Weapons Ban, which outlawed the sale of guns like AR-15...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2011 10:42:15 AM | Feedback (1)
With the passage of a strengthened preemption law, counties in Florida are pulling laws off the books County Attorney Sandy Minkoff advised commissioners to yank that rule, saying it clashed with a new state law that forbids local governments from enforcing any ordinance aiming to regulate possession or use of a firearm. "If we put a [gun] prohibition in here and attempt to enforce it, then we'd be in violation," Minkoff said. You see, they’ve known they’ve been in violation for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2011 10:20:07 AM | Feedback (2)
Members and friends, We’re down to the wire. On Wednesday, the Senate will vote on SB 234. This bill includes open carry, vehicle carry, DOACS fingerprint authorization, and long gun/shotgun contiguous state purchase authorization. Of course, the most contentious element is open carry. This is going to be a squeaker, folks. By now, the Senators should have already made up their minds. Nonetheless, Florida Carry is requesting one last push to deliver this baby. We’ve shown the untruthful...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/26/2011 8:55:04 AM | Feedback (8)
And it passed the Judiciary Committee. One more to go and it hits the floor.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2011 1:35:59 PM | Feedback (2)
Sadly, there is no rest in our push to regain our rights. Every time we clear one hurdle, another one pops up. Today at 1PM, the Judiciary committee is meeting and Senator Bogdanoff has introduced a poison amendment into SB234 in a prelude to killing OC outright.   Here is the release from Florida Carry.   Members and friends,   Late today, Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale), introduced a committee amendment to SB 234. This bill meets the Judiciary Committee...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/12/2011 8:31:16 AM | Feedback (4)
FLORIDA CARRY, INC. LEGISLATIVE ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2011 SB 234 – Open Carry/Vehicle Storage/Long Gun Statute Repeal Bill Stalled in Senate Judiciary Committee Members and friends, SB 234’s companion bill has expeditiously completed its journey through committee and is waiting to be heard on the House floor. For some undisclosed reason, SB 234 has been stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee since March 16. Normally, the chairperson of the committee is responsible for..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/31/2011 9:06:00 AM | Feedback (3)
3 to 2 voting. The level of misinformation presented was staggering. It’s amazing anything can ever get through with people twisting facts like that.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2011 2:20:53 PM | Feedback (23)
Tomorrow, the vote to move SB234 out of committee appears to be hinging on Senator Dean. You may recall the non-committal response asking for his support a while back, and word is that he is still wobbly on this issue. Without Dean’s vote, this bill will die on the vine, so it is important to contact his office quickly and make sure he knows that Floridians support this bill and that his vote matters. Be polite. Be firm. But most of all, write or call.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/13/2011 6:41:36 PM | Feedback (4)
Looks like a solid majority approve of SB 234 Two recent surveys of likely voters living in north Florida find strong support for Senate Bill 234. Voters surveyed in the north central Florida counties that comprise state senate district 3 favor the measure by a wide margin (58%-14%). The bill also draws approval by a larger margin (62%-12%) in the northwest Florida counties that make up state senate districts 2 & 4. Support among males came in around 78%. (PDF of the reports can be...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/12/2011 7:40:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Senate Bill 234 has been amended to remove the offensive provisions I discussed yesterday. 19 ...Any person in compliance with the terms of 20 such license may carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm 21 notwithstanding the provisions of s. 790.01, or may carry openly 22 notwithstanding s. 790.053. The licensee must carry the license, 23 together with valid identification, at all times in which the 24 licensee is in actual possession of a concealed weapon...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/11/2011 6:14:47 PM | Feedback (9)
As most of you know, SB 234’s two primary elements, open carry and campus carry, have been gutted by committee amendments. These amendments were proposed, accepted, and integrated into the bill without public comment or discussion. On February 22, 2011, the father of Ashley Cowie, the FSU student who was killed in an off-campus incident, presented an impassioned plea against the campus carry element of SB 234. Ashley was killed by a student who was too young to get a concealed weapons/firearms.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/10/2011 4:30:31 PM | Feedback (10)
And yet they still put me on TV From ABC Action News All in all, not a bad performance on my part although you see me shoot more than I speak. The shooting was interesting because I didn't think that was going to be part of the interview and only had 15+1 rounds on me, so I had to take my time. The reporter did a pretty good job editing it to make me look like I was shooting a bit more than I was (Yes, I shot high because I was only out at 7 yards). News being news, my 15 minutes of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/2/2011 8:25:44 AM | Feedback (44)
I sent out emails regarding HB 45, the bill to give preemption teeth here in the Sunshine State. Representative Trujillo sent me this in reply Thank you for email concerning HB 45.   I have just voted in support of the bill.  As a proud gun owner and ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe we need uniformity concerning our State gun laws.  Local municipalities do not have the right to curtail our rights as gun owners.   Thank You,  ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2011 6:28:44 PM | Feedback (2)
FLORIDA CARRY, INC. LEGISLATIVE ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 12, 2011 SB 234 - FL Senate Committee on Criminal Justice Hearing scheduled for 2/22/11 SB 234 is on the agenda of the FL Senate Committee on Criminal Justice on Tuesday, February 22nd at 9:00am. Florida Carry, Inc. urgently requests that you email via the members of the committee in support of Senate Bill 234. This NRA authored bill comprises several separate initiatives. These include the option for CWFL holders to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/12/2011 1:07:25 PM | Feedback (5)
In a recent news article, Senator Ellen Bogdanoff (R) spoke against Senate Bill 234 that would allow Floridians the choice as to if they openly carry their firearms or not by saying there is a way to solve the ‘printing’ issue without allowing Open Carry. I have written her a polite email and, if you are a Floridian, I  ask that you do the same. My letter is as follows Dear Senator Bogdanoff, I am writing concerning your position on Open Carry outlined in the Sun Sentinel...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/31/2011 8:00:27 PM | Feedback (5)
Wyoming senate passes Constitutional Carry. Still has to go through the House, but it looks good for Wyoming. We at Florida Carry are paying close attention to these events and will be following in the footsteps as time goes on. Our first goal is to get Open Carry legalized. While Constitutional Carry is a great goal, it wasn’t something that was politically feasible. A bill to demand Constitutional Carry would not have seen the light of day whereas the bills for OC and adding teeth to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/25/2011 11:22:18 AM | Feedback (4)
Until a news crew is on their way to interview you. Wish me luck. Update The interview was quick. They’re looking for sound bites regarding the Open Carry bill (SB234) that’s gaining steam here in Florida. I am a board member for Florida Carry, I’m also the coordinator for the Tampa area Open Carry Fishing Events, and being that this was a Tampa area station, it was my turn to sit in front of the camera. I’ll keep you up to date on when it airs. I don’t get the TV station on my...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2011 12:28:43 PM | Feedback (17)
Unfortunately, the article I had the link to is pay only, but suffice it to say the push to get Open Carry in Florida is still on and lawmakers realize that the actions of an insane person have no bearing on the right to keep and bear arms. “I have no reservations about pushing the bill, we are one of four states that doesn’t have open carry. It’s the right thing to do,” said Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Greg Evers, R-Baker. “The only way to stop a perpetrator is with equal force.” ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2011 4:35:19 PM | Feedback (2)
Today we had the Open Carry Fishing event. This time around, I was the event coordinator so it was my responsibility to contact the city attorney’s office and ensure the police were informed of our group meeting. The CA was thankful that our group was considerate enough to always call his office and he was more than happy to help us out. The event started at 10, and it was a nice day to fish. A bit of a chill in the air, but my jacket wound up on the ground (you can see it in the pic) because...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2011 9:26:30 PM | Feedback (8)
It’s a new year and I’ve got some new things on my plate which are chewing into any free time I might have had. First and foremost, I am now a board member to Florida Carry, Inc. I’ve spent a lot of time behind this keyboard railing on about gun rights and it was time I stepped up my game a little. While my primary role for Florida Carry is managing the web & media aspects, I fully expect to end up in front of a camera at some point. I’m also the Tampa coordinator for the Open Carry...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2011 12:20:45 PM | Feedback (5)

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