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Posted: 2/3/2006 4:53:31 AM EDT
Hey guys,

Looking for some help in lending support to this piece of legislation...


www.nraila.org/CurrentLegislation/Read.aspx?ID=1894



Florida Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles in Parking Lots!

Thursday, February 02, 2006 Every gunowner who comes to Florida as a tourist or visitor or on business needs to wade into this fight to protect our firearms rights. This right belongs to ALL gun owners everywhere -- not just those who live in Florida.

ALERT !! TAKE ACTION NOW *** HB-129/Possession/Guns/Cars/Parking Lots

DATE: February 1, 2006
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
NRA Past President
Executive Director Unified Sportsmen of Florida

SUBJECT: HB-129 Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles in Parking Lots

HELP protect the rights of all Floridians, out of state visitors and tourists who visit our state by motor vehicle and who carry firearms in their vehicles for protection and other lawful purposes.

Some Florida businesses are trying to ban guns in cars. They are violating the constitutional rights of gun owners and Florida law. HB-129 protects your right to have a gun in your car for lawful purposes. HB-129 establishes penalties for these ARROGANT CORPORATIONS who think they can control what private property you have in your private vehicle.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on HB-129 by Rep. Dennis Baxley on Wednesday, February 8, 2006.

Please immediately send email to members of the House Judiciary Committee and URGE THEM TO SUPPORT HB-129 by Rep. Baxley

(Below is a list of the email addresses of those you need to contact)

IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL PUT:

SUPPORT HB-129 - Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles/Parking Lots

(To send one email to all committee members at the same time, block or highlight the entire list and then copy and paste the block into the address section of the email.)

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU:

david.simmons@myfloridahouse.gov
jc.planas@myfloridahouse.gov
kevin.ambler@myfloridahouse.gov
dennis.baxley@myfloridahouse.gov
fred.brummer@myfloridahouse.gov
anitere.flores@myfloridahouse.gov
michael.grant@myfloridahouse.gov
jeff.kottkamp@myfloridahouse.gov
sheri.mcinvale@myfloridahouse.gov
joe.pickens@myfloridahouse.gov
curtis.richardson@myfloridahouse.gov
dennis.ross@myfloridahouse.gov
andy.gardiner@myfloridahouse.gov

(Andy Gardiner is the House Majority Leader and he needs to hear from you as well)

You can also call the District Offices of Committee Members -- Phone numbers at the end of this message.

BACKGROUND:

HB-129 Protects your have a firearm in your vehicle for lawful purposes and to park your vehicle in parking lots.

Carrying firearms in a vehicle for hunting, target shooting or protection of yourself and your family obviously means you can leave that firearm locked in the vehicle in a parking lot when you go grocery shopping, to the doctor's office, to the movie, to visit a sick friend in the hospital, to rent a movie, to the shoe store or anywhere else normal people travel to conduct business.

Florida law, the U.S. Constitution, and the Florida Constitution clearly and unequivocally give law abiding citizens to have firearms in their vehicles for lawful purposes.

Since there are CURRENTLY NO PENALTIES for violating to law, numerous businesses are violating the law and are banning firearms in their parking lots. Their gun ban policies apply to customers and employees.

How can anyone justify telling a woman who is being stalked that she can't have a firearm for protection? In many cases police tell these women to get a gun for protection because police can't be there to protect her -- and calling 911 is nothing more than government sponsored dial-a-prayer.

A business owner or manager has no more right to say you can't have a firearm in your private vehicle than they have a right to say you can't have a pair of sun glasses, an umbrella, a Bible or a baby seat.

Such an anti-gun political exercise is not good business sense. They want your money but don't respect your rights.

Businesses are not allowed to discriminate against employees and customers because of race, religion, political party, color of eyes, hair or weight. And they certainly can't discriminate because of the exercise of lawful self-defense. And, make no mistake, these gun ban policies are blatant discrimination against people who chose to exercise a constitutional right and take responsibility for their own safety.

PLEASE EMAIL and Call these Committee Members AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT HB-129 BY BAXLEY

Chairman Simmons, David (R) (407) 262-7520
Planas, Juan-Carlos (R) (305) 442-6800
Ambler, Kevin (R) (813) 558-1333
Baxley, Dennis (R) (352) 732-1360
Brummer, Fred (R) (407) 880-4414
Flores, Anitere (R) (305) 227-7626
Grant, Michael (R) (941) 613-0914
Kottkamp, Jeff (R) (239) 344-4900
McInvale, Sheri (R) (407) 317-7797
Pickens, Joe (R) (386) 312-2272
Richardson, Curtis (D) (850) 488-1798
Ross, Dennis (R) (863) 701-1400
Majority Leader Andy Gardiner (R) (850) 488-1993 Majority Office
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:10:26 AM EDT
Oh so tagged.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 7:17:52 AM EDT
Already been writing and E-mailing


Lets Git-R-Done
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 7:18:58 AM EDT
tagged even though I'm not a florida voter
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 7:21:28 AM EDT
I will call in support of this bill, but the fact is, those companies have no legal right to ban firearms in the parking lot OR IN THEIR BUILDINGS. You will NOT get into legal trouble for ignoring their pronouncements.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 10:03:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
I will call in support of this bill, but the fact is, those companies have no legal right to ban firearms in the parking lot OR IN THEIR BUILDINGS. You will NOT get into legal trouble for ignoring their pronouncements.



Perhaps it protects the individuals from action by the company???

...Like AOL (wasn't it?) who fired their employees for having firearms in their vehicles.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 10:06:30 AM EDT
Here is the synopsis:

GENERAL BILL by Baxley (CO-SPONSORS) Allen; Culp; Evers; Galvano; Grant; Harrell; Kreegel; Needelman; Negron; Proctor; Robaina; Sansom; Stansel; Troutman
Lawful Ownership, Possession, and Use of Firearms and Other Weapons: Prohibits specified persons, employers, and business entities from establishing, maintaining, or enforcing any policy or rule that prohibits a person from parking a motor vehicle on property set aside for such purpose when a secured firearm or firearms are being lawfully transported and stored in the motor vehicle; provides a penalty; provides construction; provides for specified immunity from liability; provides civil remedies; defines "motor vehicle" for purposes of the act; provides intent.
Effective Date: upon becoming a law.
Last Event: Added to Judiciary Committee agenda on Friday, January 27, 2006 3:45 PM
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 2:17:03 PM EDT



...Like AOL (wasn't it?) who fired their employees for having firearms in their vehicles.



Yes. The "incident" occured in the Ogden call center's parking lot. Stickers went up on the door in the Jacksonville call center within a week.
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