Everything You Need to Know About the New Florida Gun Laws
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The Latest Florida Laws Explained
Yesterday, the Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed two very important bills for Florida’s future:
There is a lot of misinformation going around about these bills: so I want to try to clarify the two bills here.
SB176: What is the new campus carry law all about?
SB176 is a super simple, easy-to-understand, common-sense measure introduced by Senator Greg Evers (R-Baker). This bill does one thing and one thing only: it removes the restriction of carrying on college campuses.
Currently, Florida Statute 790 has the following restrictions on where you cannot carry a firearm legally:
A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into:
- Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;
- Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
- Any detention facility, prison, or jail;
- Any courthouse;
- Any courtroom, except that nothing in this section would preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his or her courtroom;
- Any polling place;
- Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district;
- Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;
- Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms;
- Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building;
- Any career center;
- Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose;
- Any college or university facility unless the licensee is a registered student, employee, or faculty member of such college or university and the weapon is a stun gun or nonlethal electric weapon or device designed solely for defensive purposes and the weapon does not fire a dart or projectile;
- The inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport, provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft; or
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.
SB176 simply removes the wording of number 13, which I’ve bolded and underlined above.
The Arguments Against SB176 (Campus Carry) Are Silly, Stupid, and Wrong
So far, I’ve heard the following arguments about SB176:
Senator Audrey Gobson (D-Jacksonville), said of the bill, “I don’t think we need mini militias on our university campuses.”
Are you kidding me?
Florida Gun Supply’s Message to Senator Gobson:
The deadliest incident by a single gunman in the history of the United States occurred at a school.
We absolutely DO need mini militias on campus.
Marjorie Sanfilippo, a psychology professor at Eckerd College, complains, “Proponents will tell you that allowing concealed carry will protect female students from sexual assault. I will point out the obvious; you’ll be arming the assailants, too.”
Jeesh, ignorant comments like these make me so mad – and they should make you mad, too.
Read between the lines with me here – Marjorie believes that by allowing licensed and trained college students to carry on campus, “You’ll be arming the assailants, too.”
Florida Gun Supply’s Message to Marjorie Sanfilippo:
The criminals aren’t waiting for a law to change in order to carry on campuses.
They don’t care about laws; they’re criminals. DUH!
So far, the only valid argument that I can see against concealed carry on college universities is that colleges are often times “party-central.” We MAY see an increase in accidental discharges, but remember: Florida law doesn’t allow these students to carry firearms legally without being trained to carry first.
All students, just like the rest of Florida, are required to take a concealed carry class before they can legally carry on campus.
SB290: What is the new evacuation carry law all about?
This law is pretty cut and dry.
Right now, Floridians who are licensed to carry concealed firearms are NOT allowed to carry concealed firearms during a mandatory evacuation in Florida.
How silly is that?
This law will allow us to carry – licensed or not – even during an evacuation. This is another common-sense law. What happens in evacuations? Looting, raping, robbing, and murdering. Just look at hurricane Katrina!
Remember Hurricane Katrina! This is What Happens!
How ideas become law in Florida
It’s quite a lengthy process, and considering that the Florida Legislature only meets once a year for 60 days, it’s surprising that they ever get anything agreed upon!
Here’s a quick overview of how ideas become laws here in our great state of Florida.
Idea to Law Step #1: The Idea
First, a citizen, group of citizens, or a legislator come up with an idea. A Representative then decides that this idea needs to become law here in Florida – most often in response to some type of situation.
Idea to Law Step #2: The First Draft
The Representative, which can also be referred to as, “the member,” gets in touch with the House Bill Drafting Service to get the first draft of the new law created. A “bill drafter” will then work closely with the Representative to draft up the first version of the law.
Idea to Law Step #3: Bill Gets Published in House Journal (First of 3 Required Readings)
The first reading is always accomplished by having the bill published in the House Journal. The Speaker of the House will also refer the bill to one or more committees or sub-committees during this time. These committees are there to review different areas of the law: agriculture, business, etc.
Idea to Law Step #4: House Committee(s) or Subcommittee(s) Meet
Once the bill is referred to the appointed number of committees or subcommittees, the committees decide whether to proceed with the bill or not. For example: in 2010, 843 bills were filed, but 488 died in committees before ever being heard on the House floor.
The Student Campus Carry Bill (SB176) sits here, and has 3 committees that it needs to clear before it’s heard on the House Floor.
Once a bill gets through it’s appointed committees, and it hasn’t “died” yet, it gets added to a calendar to be heard on the House Floor.
Idea to Law Step #5: Special Order Calendar Gets Voted On (2nd of 3 Required Readings)
Even if a bill is added to the “calendar,” that doesn’t mean that the bill will be heard. IF a bill DOES make it into the Special Order Calendar, it is then explained, questions are asked, amendments are proposed, and the 2nd of 3 readings is considered finished.
The bill will then move onto the next step: being heard on the House Floor.
Idea to Law Step #6: Bill is Heard on the House Floor (3rd of 3 Required Readings)
After the bill has been read a second time, it’s title is read to the House. The House then is able to propose amendments (with a 2/3rd majority vote), and the entire House votes on the bill.
Idea to Law Step #7: Once Bill Passes House, It Moves to the Senate [This is Where Our Campus Carry Bill Sits Right Now!]
Once the bill is passed by the House, the bill will then be moved to the Senate – which may push it forward to other committees or subcommittees, or send it back to the House after voting for it. It may go back and forth between the House and the Senate until it has been perfected.
Once the bill has been perfected, it becomes an, “enrolled version.” This version gets sent to the Governor of Florida to review.
Idea to Law Step #8: Senate Pushes Bill Back to House, Who Sends to Governor
The Governor of Florida finally receives the bill and decides to veto it, sign it into law, or allow it to go into law without signing.