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Over the Hump this Session, and Constitutional Carry is Stalling in the Legislature

With less than a month to go, this legislative sessions adjourns on April 30, 2021.

Republicans currently hold a 24-16 majority in the Senate and a 78-42 majority in the House. You'd think that pro-gun bills would be flying through the legislature, or that Capitol would be open to the people.

Well, no one can go inside to meet with their lawmakers to voice their concerns since the Republican leadership has deemed to keep the Capitol closed, even though they advertise the state as being open.

They also have pro-gun bills stalling -- and worse, they're throwing crumbs at us and believe that we're happy with them for it.


Your State Director, Luis Valdes speaking before the House's Judiciary Committee. Telling them to support Constitutional Carry.

On such example is HM 1301, which was heard and debated in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, April 6.

The text states the following:

"Expressing the consensus of the Florida Legislature that the President's proposals to restrict the right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding citizens violates the Constitution; provides Florida Legislature, on behalf of the residents of this state, intends to use all of its lawful authority and power to resist or overturn any federal gun-control measure that violates the right of Florida residents to keep and bear arms."

It would appear that the Republican lead legislature is fighting for you. Especially since on April 8, Joe Biden rambled about stripping honest Floridians of their gun rights. Well, that isn't the case.

In reality, Florida's Republicans are acting like Disney World. They put a lot and effort into the special effects and costumes to make a world of make-believe seem real.

For starters, HM 1301, which was introduced by Rep. Jason Shoaf (R), is a House Memorial, not a House Bill. There is a big difference. A bill is introduced legislation that if passed carries the force of law. A memorial, if passed, is the method by which the state legislature addresses or petitions the federal Congress to air a grievance and nothing more.

So if HM 1301 passes, the Republican led legislature will write a angry letter to Congress about Biden's gun control and do nothing more.

Mind you, this piece of legislation was hotly debated and contested in the committee. Republicans and Democrats argued and slung mud at each other and made it seem as if this bill had teeth. But, sadly, it doesn't.

This is what the Republicans in the legislature are spending the precious few weeks they have in regard to pro-gun legislation. They aren't advancing Constitutional Carry or a true Second Amendment Sanctuary bill.

So GOA was there and we made sure to specifically address this fact to them.


Luis Valdes, GOA’s FL State Director, addressed the House Judiciary Committee and pointed out that the current legislation which was up for discussion was a waste of time, and that they instead should be passing a sanctuary bill with teeth.

As your State Director, I amplify your voices at the Capitol, and I made sure to point out to the lawmakers gathered there today that HM 1301 is nothing but an insult to GOA's Florida members.

At that committee hearing, Rep. Cord Byrd (R) was there as a member House's Judiciary Committee, and he chairs the House's Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee. This is the very subcommittee where HB 1205 (Second Amendment Sanctuary) is currently stalled along with HB 123 (Constitutional Carry).

I made sure to point that HB 1205 is the real bill they should be passing, not the fakery they're pushing. HB 1205 is a true Second Amendment Sanctuary bill with real teeth. If HB 1205 were passed, state and local law enforcement that enforced Biden's gun control would be personally liable since they'd be stripped of their qualified immunity and can be sued as an individual party.

But it is because of Rep. Byrd's choice as committee chair that he does not move the bill forward. For those that don't know, Rep. Byrd is a lawyer and he even has the gall to advertise his legal practice as one for Second Amendment rights issues.

Yes, he will make the claim that it is because there is no Senate companion bill and that's why he isn't advancing the bill. The truth is far simpler. The House Speaker doesn't want that bill to advance, and Rep. Byrd is following those orders instead of gun owners' wishes.

We must put pressure on the legislature and more importantly, on Governor Ron DeSantis (R), if we want real pro-gun legislation to move forward. The current leadership is the House and Senate are clearly anti-gun.

Utah, Iowa, Montana and Tennessee (just this week) have all passed Constitutional Carry bills in their legislatures and have sent them to their governors' offices to be signed into law. But Florida, with 102 Republican lawmakers holding a Supermajority, can't even advance one bill out of committee. Meanwhile Texas is advancing four pro-gun bills out of committee.

It is appalling and sickening where Florida is with the current leadership. Constitutional Carry and the Second Amendment Sanctuary bill face an uphill battle.

That's why we need to exert external pressure upon these Legislative Dictators by engaging Gov. Ron DeSantis. By doing so, he can put pressure on the legislative leadership like House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R) and Senate President Wilton Simpson (R).

As gun owners, you must be loud, proud, and ACTIVE! Make noise!


Don't be afraid, be loud and be proud!

I made sure to make noise earlier this week when I was in Alachua, FL at the Win America Launch Event. They invited GOA to be a guest speaker and to educate the crowd about what's happening in Tallahassee.

As you can see, I made sure to be loud and proud as a gun owner and even open carried to show the crowd that I'm not ashamed of being a gun owner, nor do I hide it.

In fact, I didn't hide being a gun owner by carrying my S&W Model 66 .357 Magnum stainless steel revolver. Why such an outdated gun? Because a GLOCK, while better, doesn't catch the eye like old school stainless steel handgun does.

A number of gun owners today are afraid of being publicly outed as gun owners.

They're afraid of openly showing support and exercising their inalienable rights as enumerated by the Second Amendment..

Don't be afraid.

I want you to contact our lawmakers and overload their email inboxes, their voice mail (the Senate is 850-487-5229, the House 850-717-5000, and the Governor's Office is 850-717-9337), and their physical offices with letters.

Remember what Sen. Baxley said back in 2019:

Republican Lawmakers don’t support pro-gun legislation because they don’t hear any negative criticism from their constituency. They take the silence of gun owners as approval."

Email Governor DeSantis so he can use his office as a bully pulpit to support pro-gun bills and don't forget to email the entire the House and Senate to support pro-gun legislation.
 

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Thank you for your support.
 

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I have emailed the governor. I will be calling the numbers you provided. I am disgusted with the republicans and their anti gun stance. It sickens me to know how many pro gun bills have been killed in committee by republicans over the last many years.
 

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To you Mr Valdes, I thank you for your work for protecting our gun rights. I do not understand how this crap has been going on for years with the so called gun friendly Florida Republican politicians. We as Floridians do have it better than some states with our gun freedom. With that said, with a Republican majority in state government, an overall state wide republican majority of registered voters we should have Open Carry, Constitution Carry and every gun right the 2nd Amendment provides to the citizens of this state and country! So where have all the gun rights organizations and their leadership been up to now? Why are you standing alone and others not shoulder to shoulder with you being visible in this fight? All the so called lobbyists and pro gun organization leaders have seen Florida stagnate in expanding our rights but just now expressing concern? All the new members and hundreds of thousands of dollars in membership fees and extra donations have accomplished what? All some members in here do is defend these people and organizations with blind faith they are doing the best job possible...BULL! I have said it before and say it now....we expect results and accountability with teachers, lawyers, doctors and so on, but give a free pass to the people that we give money to so they can fight for our gun rights in the political area! Maybe with you spearheading the fight, that may finally be accomplished!!
 

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Sprowls need to go, he is a RINO.


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Sprowls is term limited and so in Wilton Simpson. Both of them have no fear since they know they're done. So they're running wild.
 

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Good idea fairy strikes again! What seems like a good idea in theory is a bad idea in practice.
 

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That’s what happens when you have an influx of liberal Yankees, flocking to the state in droves, cause they’re brilliant stupidity turned their own state into a oppressive, over priced, crime ridden, dump! Then they come here and start the same thing all over again, cause ya can’t fix stupid! But, they do know how to buy people & greed has no party affiliation! So, then ya get what we are increasingly becoming ...... another oppressive, over priced, crime ridden, dump! Thanks Jack Wads.
 

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Thank you Mr. Valdes for your excellent work and reporting back to us.

We rarely get to hear about how things REALLY work in the legislature.

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That’s what happens when you have an influx of liberal Yankees, flocking to the state in droves, cause they’re brilliant stupidity turned their own state into a oppressive, over priced, crime ridden, dump! Then they come here and start the same thing all over again, cause ya can’t fix stupid! But, they do know how to buy people & greed has no party affiliation! So, then ya get what we are increasingly becoming ...... another oppressive, over priced, crime ridden, dump! Thanks Jack Wads.
And yet another ignorant "true Floridian" and who is to blaming the wrong people for stupid crap in Florida politics. To you and others like you....I once again point out that the main problem with the politicians of this state is not that ..Yankee shi_ heads are voting to elect other Yankee shi_ heads into positions within the Florida senate or house, but the biggest RINOs or the largest crap for brains Democrats are none other than ...BORN, RAISED IN FLORIDA AND GRADUATED FROM SOME LIBERAL HIGHER EDUCATION IDIOT RUN FLORIDA COLLEGE. Why cann't you see the truth as it is? At least lean to read the profiles of these politicians and then you would see what I am saying is the truth and you are just a part of the never die losers club from a 200 year old war!!!
 

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And yet another ignorant "true Floridian" and who is to blaming the wrong people for stupid crap in Florida politics. To you and others like you....I once again point out that the main problem with the politicians of this state is not that ..Yankee shi_ heads are voting to elect other Yankee shi_ heads into positions within the Florida senate or house, but the biggest RINOs or the largest crap for brains Democrats are none other than ...BORN, RAISED IN FLORIDA AND GRADUATED FROM SOME LIBERAL HIGHER EDUCATION IDIOT RUN FLORIDA COLLEGE. Why cann't you see the truth as it is? At least lean to read the profiles of these politicians and then you would see what I am saying is the truth and you are just a part of the never die losers club from a 200 year old war!!!

uuumm last time I checked the facts....
 

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uuumm last time I checked the facts....
And still another person that just can not seem to grasp the real truth and problem. I do not give a crap if 78,000,000 people from NY move down here...what is so damn hard understanding than the problem senators and reps that are against guns or other non conservative issues are FROM THE DAMN STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!! Go to politicians profiles or Wikipedia. The TRUE Rinos and liberal crap heads were born and bred in FLORIDA. They went to school here in Florida....they went to college here in Florida. THEY are the problem. WE still have more registered Republican voters in this state....so much for your over abundance of Yankee liberals moving here to destroy YOUR state. I am from Pa....moved here from Washington state in 1992. Registered and voted damn near every local, state and national election ....republican. Get the damn lazy ass born here Floridian voters off their asses and go vote for real Conservatives....that might just solve the problem instead of trying to always make it seem like you actually know how to analyze and determine real solutions that do not include blaming DAMN YANKEES. This forum has always had this bull that divides people instead of banding people together.
 

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Too many libtard yankees moving here. Miami and Orlando areas are controlling our state politics. I live in rural Citrus county , last week some POS yankee called cops because they saw a concealed holstered gun on a friend of mine. Fortunately, the responding deputies told her to pound sand. I'm lucky I live in a rural area, but the rest of thestate is going to sheet!
 
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