Wednesday, May 10, 2006

New FL gun laws passed

DATE: May 9, 2006
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
NRA Past President
Executive Director Unified Sportsmen of Florida

Six progun, prohunting bills supported by the National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida have passed the Florida Legislature and are on the way to Governor Jeb Bush's (R) desk.

To contact Governor Bush and urge him to sign all six (6) progun & prohunting bills, send him an email at: jeb.bush@myflorida.com

IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT: Please Sign All 6 progun & prohunting bills

FLORIDA -- END OF 2006 SESSION REPORT ON NRA/USF SUPPORTED BILLS

PASSED -- HB-125 Hunter/Voter -- by Rep. Greg Evers (R-Milton) and Sen. Carey Baker (R-Eustis) Provides that people who purchase a hunting or fishing license by phone, over the Internet or in person will have the opportunity to get a voter registration application. PASSED the HOUSE 110-6 and the SENATE 31-8. It awaits Governor Jeb Bush's signature

PASSED -- HB-265 No-Net-Loss of Hunting Lands -- by Rep. Don Brown (R-DeFuniak Springs) and Sen. Nancy Argenziano (R-Crystal River) Requires Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to support, promote, & enhance hunting opportunities & to provide comparable acreage for any loss of existing hunting lands; requires agencies & water management districts to cooperate with FWC in designating replacement hunting lands. PASSED the HOUSE 118-0 and the SENATE 40-0. It awaits Governor Jeb Bush's signature

PASSED -- HB-285 To Prohibit Confiscation of Firearms -- by Rep. Mitch Needelman (R-Palm Bay) and Sen. Carey Baker (R-Eustis) Prohibits confiscation, seizure, or taking of firearms that are lawfully possessed by law-abiding citizens during a state of emergency (as was done in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina). PASSED the HOUSE 116-0 and the SENATE 40-0. It awaits Governor Jeb Bush's signature

PASSED -- HB-687 To Protect Personal Information of Concealed Weapons Licenseholders -- by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo) and Sen. Mike Haridopolis (R-Melbourne) Provides confidentiality and exemption from public records requirements of personal identifying information, names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, phone numbers, & license numbers contained in records maintained by the Division of Licensing of DOACS of individuals who have applied for or received licenses to carry concealed weapons or firearms PASSED the HOUSE 83-27 and t he SENATE 37-2. It awaits Governor Jeb Bush's signature

PASSED -- HB-1029 Firearms in National Forests & State Parks -- by Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) and Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) Restores the right to possess firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes in National Forests and State Parks by repealing the laws and regulations that have banned firearms in those areas. PASSED the HOUSE 90-27 and the SENATE 31-6. It awaits Governor Jeb Bush's signature

PASSED -- SB-1290 Concealed Weapons/License Renewal/Military -- by Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey) and Rep. Marti Coley (R-Marianna) Provides that a concealed weapons/firearms license of a United States Armed Services member does not expire while the service member is on active duty away from home. Extends the life of the license for 180 days after returning home. PASSED the HOUSE 120-0 and the SENATE 39-0. It awaits Governor Jeb Bush's signature

DID NOT PASS -- SB-206/HB-129 Firearms/Parking Lots/Motor Vehicles -- by Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview) and Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) To prohibit businesses from searching private vehicles and banning firearms in private vehicles in public parking lots. DID NOT PASS. WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR