Florida Firearms Owners! SB 1242 & HB 739 would extend your rights dramatically!

With the recent stopping of several pro-firearms rights Bills in the Florida legislature, Sen. Steube filed a bill today (12/12/17), SB 1242, which is identical to Rep. Fant’s HB 739 which was filed back on 11/117/2017. The Senate website describes SB 1242 as “Carrying of Weapons and Firearms: Providing that specified provisions relating to the carrying of weapons and firearms do not apply to persons engaged in, traveling to, or returning from certain outdoor activities or traveling to or returning from certain motor vehicles, residences, shelters, and other places, etc.”.

These matching Bills attempt to list quite a few new activities that would allow a person to either open carry or concealed carry while participating in, or going to or from these activities. These would create a new set of activities where a person could lawfully possess a firearm without having to have a concealed weapons permit. The list is mostly outdoor activities that a vast majority of Floridians do now, only this would allow you to lawfully possess and carry a firearm for self-defense while participating in any of the listed activities.

Here are the activities that are listed in the Bill:

(i) A person engaged in, traveling to, or returning from a lawful outdoor expedition or activity, including, but not limited to:

  1. Crabbing, gigging, cast netting, lobstering, or any other fishing activity;
  2. Hiking, trekking, backpacking, cross-country running, geocaching, or any other orienteering activity;
  3. Trapping, falconry, or any other hunting activity;
  4. Bicycling, mountain biking, trail riding, or any other cycling activity;
  5. All-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, four-wheeler, or any other off-road vehicle riding activity;
  6. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, or any other maritime activity;
  7. Dog walking, animal training, mushing, or any other outdoor animal exercising activity;
  8. Speleology, spelunking, or any other caving activity;
  9. Horseback riding or any other equestrian activity;
  10. Rock climbing, rappelling, or any other mountaineering activity;
  11. Nature photography, bird watching, astronomy, or any other outdoor viewing activity; and
  12. Picnicking, mushroom hunting, berry picking, metal detecting, fossil hunting, or any other outdoor recreational, training, scientific, or athletic activity;

(j) A person traveling to or returning from a motor vehicle; a residence, dwelling, apartment, condominium, townhouse, lodge, cabin, motor home, mobile home, recreational vehicle, hotel, motel, or any other place of residence or shelter; or any other place at which a firearm or weapon may be lawfully possessed;

Now as you can see that is quite a list. Notice the very carefully worded “but not limited to;” in the first sentence. Thereby laying the groundwork for what could be interpreted as say that any outdoor activity would be permissible under this Bill if it became law.

And under (j) these Bills try to eliminate the omission in current law that technically makes it illegal to take your firearm from your lawfully carried location in your car to your apartment (residence). Currently, you may possess a firearm in your home any way you wish, and you may have a firearm in your vehicle lawfully also without a permit, but to get it to your vehicle and from your vehicle if the vehicle is on a common property area has been looked at being illegal by some. This subsection addition would prevent that from being a problem any longer.

Yes if you read the Bills and look at the activities and see the common terms “or any other ….  Activity” whether it be fishing, hunting, orienteering, hunting, cycling, off-roading, maritime, animal exercising, caving, equestrian, mountaineering, outdoor viewing, and last but not least – outdoor recreational, training, scientific, or athletic activity, you could legally possess and carry a firearm without a license while going to, taking part in, and going home from any of those, the last one being quite a catch all of the activities.

If you think this is a long list, you would be right. If you think this list should not be needed, you are right, we should be allowed regardless of this list (but currently are not), if you think this list basically makes it OK to carry doing basically any outdoor activity, you would be right. So what is wrong with this Bill? NOTHING! It is an attempt to show the Florida Legislators just how silly restricting the lawful carry of firearms is to a “list” of “allowed” activities. And if passed would be a HUGE step in the right direction. Remember a little at a time is better than nothing at all.

I personally wholeheartedly support this Bill, and it’s not so subtle message and intentions. Floridians should not be restricted as to what action they should have to be doing to be able to protect themselves and their families. But if they are going to make us follow a list, let’s make it a good list! Like this one!

So please when the Bills are assigned to committees for hearings, take the time to send emails, write letters and call your Senators and eventually your Representatives and tell them you support this Bill and what it stands for! I will post more on this as things develop.

You can read the Bills at:

HB 739 – http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=61039&

SB 1242 – http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=62020&

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Who Runs Our Media and it’s Agenda? Not People who Support Your Rights…

When people read the news or listen to the news on TV they forget or do not realize (or worse do not want to admit to themselves) that they are hearing and reading only what the news wants them to know. Our press is no longer “investigative” or unbiased like it may have been years ago. Our media these days (with the exception of some independent internet sites) push agendas and ideas that they want the public to think and believe.
 
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What if I told you that the media, for the most part, get their headlines and stories from a few very specific sources and they are required to word the news in a very specific way. You ask how can I prove this? Simply look at the images of a news feed. Notice how all of them word the headlines in very similar style to make sure that people read and see the word “murder insurance”. How more obvious could they be? You know that all of these “news” sources did not arrive at this wording on their own. Don’t you think this is designed to make people think that the NRA is bad and they are offering insurance that will help people get away with murder? Don’t fool yourself, that is exactly the idea the media is pushing.
 
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People need to realize you no longer are being given just facts or news, you are being fed an agenda, one determined by the owners and keepers of the media. Read between the lines, read from all sources and sides. Like most stories, there are three sides, the left, the right and the real story somewhere in the middle.
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Do not let the media direct your thoughts and ideas, that is just what they are trying to do.

Some People Happy the Tragic Shooting in Las Vegas Happened!

here are people that are actually supporting the shooting Las Vegas and happy it happened. These types of people are the ones that divide and hurt America with their hate and evil. Want to call someone bigoted and racist? ]

Here you go, perfect examples.
God knows what truly lies in the heart of man, and he knows these people well.

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It bothers me that people, a lot of people, fail to see the real issues with these shootings and other mass killings (cars and bombs also). It is not the tool, we have bombings, vehicles running people down, and yes guns. But it’s the people who commit these crimes.

Who can really logically and reasonably look at these things and not say that MURDER is already illegal and carries the stiffest of sentences, sometimes including death? But that does not stop these evil people from committing these crimes against others. What makes making new gun laws will stop any of this?

People are already jumping on the #guncontrol bandwagon and not thinking but reacting emotionally. We live in a society of laws, many of which were broken by the Las Vegas shooter. Does anyone really think he cared about the laws or consequences? He killed himself at the end of it, knowing full well he would be caught and punished. People are calling for the rescinding of the 2nd Amendment (not knowing how that works obviously) they want more “gun control”. But when asked what law would have prevented this tragic mass murder, they can’t name one except “ban guns”. Which of course will not happen. Thankfully the majority of Americans still understand why we have and need the second amendment.

To those asking for more restrictions, or more laws, or even the outright banning of guns, you cannot legislate evil out of people. You can legislate the ability for good people to be able to defend themselves, you can legislate the possibility of the next nightclub shooter meeting armed resistance instead of people hiding and dying. You can legislate the homeowner being able to defend themselves and their loved ones.

With 300 million guns in the US, you would never be able to legislate them away. It is simply impossible and against our Constitution. And for anyone that knows why we have the 2nd Amendment in the first place you know, that is exactly why we have it, to prevent the Government from taking them away.

So to all of you, anti-gun rights types and all of you that are crying something must be done to stop the killings, I simply say we already have those laws on the books, Murder is illegal, yet it still happens and will continue to happen no matter what laws you try and pass. Until evil is pushed back and things like God, Country, Family become important guides again for our families and country we will continue to see these things happen.

And just as a side note, while the media makes it seem like we are having these things more and more, overall, murder in the US is down by close to 50% over the last 20 years, yet the number of guns and ownership has gone up. Go figure.

President Trump Helps Out Marine, Shows His Respect for Military

Tonight on his way back from Germany while getting onto Marine One, President Trump did something that I have never seen any other President do in the past.

As President Trump approached Marine One, one of the Marines who stands guard at the door and salutes the President when he boards and leaves the helicopter, had his cover (military for hat) blown off.  Sticking to his training, he refused to break his position of attention and did not attempt to retrieve his cover.

See the Video and rest of the story here.

Don’t Rely on Your Taser to Get You Through a Gun Fight…

“I do not want to have to try and explain the finer points in use of force escalation and de-escalation to a jury while they are contemplating my possible future in prison.”

Recently, while browsing through Twitter (@downrangewithCW), I saw a post from a decent source advocating using “less lethal” for self-defense. On the face of it, I would normally say that is an option, but not for most civilians.

Firstly, less lethal was designed for law enforcement to be able to use another means to stop dangerous suspects while simultaneously being covered with a deadly force response. LL (less lethal) is a means of trying to stop someone that is not yet an immediate threat to anyone. Less lethal requires the use of a less lethal weapon or system to stop a lethal threat, unlike using something such as OC spray to stop a unarmed attacker.

Read the rest here.