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Florida Open Carry Bill will be backed by Police Chiefs

Florida Open Carry Bill will be backed by Police Chiefs

Open Carry   Acknowledging "momentum" behind a proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry guns, the Florida Police Chiefs Association said Thursday its board of directors had voted to back the controversial measure --- as long as changes designed to protect law-enforcement officers are included.

A spokeswoman confirmed that the police chiefs' group had contacted the sponsors of the proposal (SB 300/HB 163), Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and his son, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who both say they're on board with the changes.

If the measure passes, 1.45 million Floridians with concealed-weapons permits would be able to openly carry guns. Opponents --- including a number of Florida sheriffs --- warn that people who openly display guns could get hurt as a result, either by criminals or law enforcement.

"The police chiefs understand that momentum is building," association spokeswoman Sandi Poreda said. "And because of their concerns for police officers' safety, they wanted to go ahead and reach out to the bill sponsors and work on these amendments, which they believe will better protect officers."

Gun bills will be heavily debated during the 2016 legislative session, which starts Jan. 12. Along with the open-carry proposal, lawmakers are looking at allowing people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses and are considering a proposal to shift a burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

By a vote of 15-7, the police chiefs association's board of directors --- who represent law-enforcement agencies in different districts of the state --- agreed to support the open-carry bill when the amendments are adopted.

In a "Red Alert" email Wednesday to association members, Executive Director Amy Mercer cautioned that the police chiefs' group "reserves the right to oppose the bill in the future, particularly if our amendments are changed or removed or if other amendments are added that are found not to be in the best interest of the FPCA and our members."

Lawmakers will consider four proposed amendments, which have not yet been filed.

One amendment would add a provision to the Senate bill. The amended version would include House language stating that a person who displays a firearm "intentionally … in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self defense" is not covered by the proposed open-carry law.

Second, both current versions of the proposal would allow fines to be imposed on people --- including police officers --- who infringe on others' rights to openly carry guns, unless probable cause exists to believe that crimes have been committed. A proposed amendment would ease that standard for law officers, who would be required to have "reasonable suspicion" before stopping people to verify or investigate the carrying of guns.

Third, the current proposal states that no one who infringes on the right to openly carry guns --- including police officers --- would be immune from legal consequences. However, the agreement between the Gaetzes and the police chiefs association specifies that nothing in the bill would be intended to restrict a law enforcement officer's ability or authority to conduct investigations as otherwise allowed by law.

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"Sovereign immunity is a vital tool that allows law enforcement officers to perform their duties without fear of frivolous lawsuits," Mercer wrote. "Officers will not fear losing sovereign immunity when investigating a person open or concealed carrying."

The fourth amendment would require a holster for purposes of openly carrying a firearm.

The original versions of the bills have started moving through House and Senate committees. Matt Gaetz said Thursday he expects the changes to be added when lawmakers return to the issues after the first of the year.

"In the next committee in which the bill is heard, either the House Judiciary Committee or the Senate Judiciary Committee, it is my expectation that those amendments will be adopted," Matt Gaetz said.

The Florida Sheriffs Association would not comment Thursday. But Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a staunch opponent of open carry, said the four amendments wouldn't make the bill acceptable to him --- or safe for people who openly display their guns.

For instance, he said, if an officer arrives at the scene of a crime and sees someone with a weapon, "At a minimum, they're going to be thrown down on the ground with a gun pointed at them --- or worse."

And if good citizen with a concealed weapon walks into, say, a bank during an armed robbery, Gualtieri added, "he's going to take one in the chest because he's a threat."

"It's not good for Florida, it's not good for the economy, it's not good for tourism," he said.

Don Gaetz, however, pointed to the emerging differences between opponents such as Gualtieri and the police chiefs association.

"Well, he now will have the opportunity to debate that issue with his fellow law-enforcement officers who are taking a different view than he is," Don Gaetz said.

National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer, who strongly backs the measure, dismissed the critics.

"That's rhetoric. That's reaching," she said. "Every time we do something to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, somebody will come up with a 'what if?' "


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Florida Open Carry on the line

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Florida Open Carry on the line

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Fairfax, VA - HB-163 is a bill to allow persons with a Concealed Weapons & Firearms License to carry firearms concealed or openly.

It will prevent CW license holders from being charged with the crime of violating the “Open Carry” law because a concealed firearm, being legally carried, accidentally or inadvertently becomes visible to the sight of another person.

ANYTIME YOU CARRY CONCEALED, YOU ARE IN DANGER OF BEING ARRESTED, CHARGED AND PROSECUTED LIKE A CRIMINAL for violating the ban on open carry of firearms, if your gun is accidentally, unintentionally, briefly exposed to the sight of another person.

Our attorneys tell us that the ONLY WAY to completely stop this abuse is to legally allow license holders to carry openly — then they cannot be charged with violation of the open carry ban no matter how brief the accidental and unintentional exposure.

We need you to contact committee members immediately and urge them to pass this bill.

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL Members of the House Criminal Justice Committee and  URGE THEM TO SUPPORT HB-163 By Rep. Matt Gaetz

In the subject line put:  SUPPORT HB-163 — Stop Abuse of License Holders

(Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)


It is imperative that you email these Committee members right away.



Despite the misinformation peddled to the press, these are the facts:

  1. This bill only applies to handguns.  Nothing in this bill would authorize the open carry of long guns – rifles or shotguns.
  1. Nothing in this bill in any way impacts the private property rights of others  not of businesses and not of private individuals.
  1. Only a person with a license to carry concealed may choose to carry openly.
  1. The same restrictions that apply to carrying concealed will also apply to open carry. [ s.790.06 ]
  1. No person may carry a firearm around in the hand or exhibit it in a rude careless, angry, or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.  To do so violates existing law. [ s.790.10 ]
  1. A license holder is required — by existing law — to show the license to any law enforcement officer who wants to see it — that’s in the original law passed in 1987. [ s.790.06 (1) ]
  1. Businesses have the right to deny entry, refuse service, and/or evict anyone they wish — unless it’s done on the basis of race, gender, or religion.  It is common to see signs that say, “No shoes, no shirt, no service.”  Businesses should not be reluctant to post signs saying , “No open carrying of firearms.” It’s THEIR right.
  1. Seventy percent (70%) of the American public live in open carry states from all regions of the country.  Many of the 45 open carry states have large and diverse cities just like Florida.  No matter where you live geographically, whether it’s Trilby, Fla. or Fanning Springs, Fla., you have the same constitutional rights as citizens who live in Miami, Tampa, or Orlando.
  1. Forty-five (45) states allow open carry of firearms.  
  • 15 of 45 open carry states require a license to carry concealed or openly.
  • 30 of 45  open carry states DO NOT require any license to carry openly.
  • 0 of 15  carry license states require additional training to carry openly.
  • 0 of 45 states offer a separate “open carry” license.
  • 2 of 45 states require a holster to open carry. 
  • 0 of 45 states require a special retention holster.
  • 5 of 15 are “may-issue” states where law enforcement issues licenses. 
  • 15 of 15 states require the license holder to produce the license on lawful demand by a law enforcement officer.

10. Florida is 1 of 5 states that DO NOT allow Open Carry.  The others are California, Illinois, New York and South Carolina.  It’s time for Florida to be in better company.

Allowing concealed carry license holders to also carry openly is THE ONLY WAY to stop abuse by law enforcement officers.  License holders continue to be arrested and prosecuted for violation of the law banning open carry when their concealed firearms are accidentally, unintentionally and briefly exposed to the ordinary sign of another person.

Despite efforts in 2011 to stop this abuse continues and it has to stop.

ANYTIME a concealed carry license holder is carrying concealed he/she is in danger of being maliciously and spitefully arrested, charged with a crime and prosecuted like a criminal, if the gun is accidentally seen by another person.

EMAIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS TODAY: Tell them to support HB-163

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White House ENRAGED – Well Screw you White House!!!

White House ENRAGED

Police officers have become sitting ducks since Ferguson, because of horrific treatment by the media and the Obama Administration. As the “Black Lives Matter” hate group has ratcheted up their sick rhetoric, there has been a complete absence of leadership telling them to stop.

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23 cops have been gunned down in the line of duty in 2015 so far, with four months yet to go.

And as Sheriff David Clarke said last week, it is Obama himself who started the “War on Police” rhetoric top begin with.

Well, today, Obama was in Boston for his Labor Day Speech, with hundreds of dignitaries invited, and police typically greeting the president after the event.

Not this year. Because the Boston Police Union decided to show Obama what cops think of him…and BOYCOTTED it…leading Administration officials to send an angry response to the Mayor.

From Gateway Pundit via Boston Herald:

Jerry Flynn, a Lowell cop on leave while serving as executive director of the New England Police Benevolent Association, said his organization’s executive board has chosen to boycott President Obama’s Labor Day breakfast address in Boston today to make a statement about violence against police:

“Our members are enraged at his lack of support of law enforcement. It’s clear that he has an agenda, and unfortunately the police are not part of his agenda.

Let’s face it, (there have been) eight people killed in a nine-day period, eight police officers, and Obama’s silence has been deafening.

This is a horror show, this is an epidemic of lawless people trying to kill police officers for no apparent reasons. Case in point is the lieutenant who was pumping gas in Houston. Over 7,000 people were at that church, and where was he (Obama)? Why wasn’t he there instead of a unity breakfast?”

Referring to the looting and destruction in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting of Michael Brown, Flynn continued:

“I mean, he had the opportunity to do things then and he didn’t, and all he’s done is escalated and allowed these people that are hellbent on causing problems to do so. We can’t continue to have people who have no intention to do anything but to be disruptive. These aren’t good citizens. These are thugs who go out and try to cause problems.

The dramatic announcement overshadowed Obama’s appearance and dominated local headlines, enraging the White House…

This message should resonate loud and clear, 44.Obama sparked the war on cops — particularly White officers — in his first six months in office. When his former professor Henry Louis Gates started a confrontation with Cambridge Police near Harvard, Obama injected himself into the situation, saying the cops “acted stupidly,” outraging police nationwide.

After Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Obama race-baited the case, promoting the fraudulent “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative that never happened. And he even sent three Administration officials to Brown’s funeral despite the fact that Brown was a thug who tried to kill a cop, before he was shot.

Last week, Texas Deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down in cold blood, and two officers in Vegas were yesterday in Las Vegas, for no reason other than the perpetrators were targeting cops for death.

Police Lives Matter, and the fact that the president is doing nothing about the vile rhetoric and brutality toward cops speaks volumes.

Obama loves to hear himself talk, but he never speaks up when it matters most.

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Always Forward, Never Retreat – A Lesson in Flag Etiquette –

Always Forward, Never Retreat – A Lesson in Flag Etiquette -

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As we celebrate the launch of our Special Edition: Freedom Lower Receivers, many will ask "Why is the flag engraving backward?". We see this question time and time again, and we are here to clear things up for you.

Per Army Regulations 670-1, the U.S. flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that "the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‘reverse side flag’."

It’s as simple as that. The flag is always facing forward as if charging in to battle. Always Forward, Never Retreat.

More About Flag Etiquette

Standards of Respect

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside downonly as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Displaying the Flag Outdoors

When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.

When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.

Raising and Lowering the Flag

The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.

Displaying the Flag Indoors

When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.

The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.

When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.

When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.

Parading and Saluting the Flag

When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.

The Salute

To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem

The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting. When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

The Flag in Mourning

To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.

When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.

Information from Flag Etiquette

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  • Member TN - shot and killed intruder - $1,085 [all charges dropped]
  • Member PA - pulled gun on attacker - $12,000 [all charges dropped]
  • Member FL - falsely charged with assault - $3,500 [all charges dropped]
  • Member CA - falsely charged with assault - $3,125 [all charges dropped]
  • Member FL - falsely charged with assault - $5,000 [not guilty]
  • Member NY - falsely charged with assault - $5,500 [all charges dropped]
  • Member PR - shot intruder - $5,000 [not guilty]
  • Member CT - falsely charged w/possession of weapon - $5,000 [all charges dropped]

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Tennessee Robber Shot by Homeowner

Tennessee Robber Shot by Homeowner

Another reason to own a gun. You have to protect yourselves. Especially in your own home!

This story is yet another illustration of the fact that criminals are becoming more and more bold. You have to be ready to defend yourself in your home regardless of the time of day.

Around 9:50am on Tuesday morning a masked man armed with a handgun broke into a home in Nashville, Tennessee. According to WKRN, this what happened next:

The homeowner reported to police he was watching TV in his living room while his wife was asleep on the couch when the gunman entered through an unlocked screen door.

The gunman, whose face was masked by a bandana, demanded money and other belongings.

Metro police said the homeowner complied, but the gunman demanded more. The homeowner said as the gunman was “dealing with the wife,” he left the room and retrieved a .45 caliber pistol.

The suspect raised his own gun at the homeowner. Fortunately, the homeowner was able to win the gunfight and strike the suspect multiple times.

The suspect fled the home and collapsed nearby where he was found by responding authorities. The suspect died of his injuries.

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Judge declared DC’s ban on carrying a firearm outside of the home Unconstitutional

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Judge declared DC’s ban on carrying a firearm outside of the home Unconstitutional

The District is sure to appeal the decision, but this opens up the doors for similar cases that are pending. One thing is for sure, this is a huge step in the right direction.

You can read the ruling here.

This particular case has been going on for five years, and there is now a call to the Mayor to take quick action to enact a concealed carry law that will provide protection to those who want to carry concealed.

Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”

The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.

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Gun Owners Prepare to Seize Senate from Harry Reid

Gun Owners Prepare to Seize Senate from Harry Reid


Not a GOA member yet?  Click here to join Gun Owners of America!  And Click here to Take Action on today’s alert.

At GOA’s request, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has bypassed Harry Reid’s stranglehold on the Senate by bringing a pro-gun bill directly onto the Senate calendar.

The bill is H.R. 4118, and it was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 250-160 vote.  (See the vote here, with “Yea” being the pro-gun vote.)  The bill would suspend the individual mandate of the anti-gun ObamaCare program for one year, thus protecting the privacy of gun owners.

Normally, bills that pass out of one chamber are referred to a committee in the other chamber.  But Senator Paul intervened by using a parliamentary technique to bring H.R. 4118 onto the calendar, rather than letting it be referred to a Senate committee.

Now that H.R. 4118 is “on the calendar,” this means that ANY SENATOR can now “move to proceed” to the bill, thereby CIRCUMVENTING HARRY REID'S STRANGLEHOLD over the Senate agenda.

This is huge.

It is important to gun owners because ObamaCare lays the groundwork for taking millions of Americans -- those taking anxiety medications or who have PTSD or ADHD -- and feeding their names into NICS's gun-ban database.

It is important because, already, Obama, by executive fiat, has waived federal privacy laws to clear the way for these gun bans.

It is important because it forces weak-kneed senators running for reelection -- senators who claim they want to "fix" ObamaCare -- to vote, up or down, on whether to let 30,000,000 Americans facing hundreds of dollars of penalties off the hook.

It is important because it opens the door for “motions to proceed” to other pro-gun bills, including legislation restoring veterans' rights and creating national reciprocity for concealed carry rights (both of which have close to 60 votes).

It is important because it allows us to compile a target list of vulnerable senators who claim they want to "fix" ObamaCare -- just as Nancy Pelosi is trying to use a "discharge petition" in the House on the anti-gun amnesty bill to create a target list of GOP members.

Now, we are asking Rand Paul and other senators to begin circulating a letter of support in the Senate for a “motion to proceed” to the ObamaCare suspension, H.R. 4118.

There are procedural niceties to forcing consideration of the motion to proceed, but our parliamentary experts are working with senators to show them how to accomplish this -- and to get this bill sent to the President.

Well, you might ask, isn't Obama just going to veto H.R. 4118?  GOA’s Legislative Counsel Michael Hammond discusses the answer to this question in a recent Red State piece.

But the answer is that sending H.R. 4118 to Obama would put him in a real bind.  We believe that Obama will eventually be forced to delay the mandate, and that H.R. 4118 will create an inextricable conundrum for him -- as it will give credit to Rand Paul (and other pro-gunners) in the Congress for having forced the issue.

ACTION:  Call or  Click here to write your senators.  Ask them to support the motion to proceed to H.R. 4118, which will suspend ObamaCare's individual mandate for one year.

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