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NRA alert: 9 Florida Gun Bills filed for 2010

In a Dec. 11, 2009 alert to members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Unified Sportsmen of Florida (USF), USF Executive Director Marion P. Hammer turned the spotlight on nine bills that have been pre-filed for 2010 legislation in Florida.

Hammer’s letter reads: “Dear members and friends, critical days lie ahead for gun owners. The Obama Administration on the federal level and anti-gun legislators on the state level threaten our freedom, our liberty and our self-defense and firearms rights.

“We’re counting on your help, through financial support and activism, to help keep Florida gun rights safe. Already, an anti-gun South Florida Democrat has filed a bill to diminish Florida’s Right-to-Carry law, and yet another bill attempts to define ‘assault weapons’ by placing a list of firearms and accessories into statutes– a scheme that anti-gunners have attempted for years.

“We urge you to help us protect your cherished rights. We simply can’t do it without you. Please join or renew your membership and/or send a contribution today. I’m counting on you – as you have counted on me – to help save our Second Amendment rights.

“The following is a list of firearms-related bills that have been pre-filed for the 2010 legislative session so far. More are expected,” said Hammer, a past president of the NRA.

SB-98 Regulation of Firearms by Sen. Carey Baker (R-Eustis)

Provides that firearms, firearm accessories, & ammunition made in Florida for personal use are not subject to federal law or regulation; provides that certain basic materials are not subject to federal regulation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition under interstate commerce.

Effective October 1, 2010, a firearm manufactured and sold in this state must have the indicia “Made in Florida” clearly stamped on a central metallic part of the firearm, such as the receiver or frame.

Committee referrals: Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Rules. To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0098.PDF

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SB-134 Assault Weapons by Sen. Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami)

Provides that a person commits a felony of the third degree if he or she stores or leaves an assault weapon within the reach or easy access of another person if that person obtains the weapon and uses it to inflict injury or death.

Provides criminal penalties. Provides exceptions. Defines the term “assault weapon.”

Committee referrals: Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations. To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0134.PDF

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SB-136 Concealed Weapon or Firearm/License to Carry by Sen. Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami)

Revises conditions for issuance of a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm and makes the criteria more restrictive. Revises conditions under which a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm is suspended or revoked to make it easier to revoke or suspend a license. Committee referrals: Commerce; Criminal Justice; General Government Appropriations. To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0136.PDF

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SB-194 Domestic Violence/Injunction for Protection by Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa)

Adds circumstances that violate an injunction for protection against repeat violence, sexual violence, or dating violence to include refusal to surrender firearms when ordered by a court to do so. Committee referrals: Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations. To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0194.PDF

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SB-530 Adoption/Firearms Registration by Sen. Thad Altman (R-Melbourne)

Prohibits adoption agencies or entities from registering firearms; or requiring disclosure of, or restricting lawful possession, storage, or use of firearm or ammunition of prospective parents. Committee referrals: Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0530.PDF

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HB-21 Regulation of Firearms by Rep. Marlene O’Toole (R-The Villages)

Provides that firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition made in Florida for personal use are not subject to federal law or regulation; provides that certain basic materials are not subject to federal regulation of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition under interstate commerce; Effective Oct. 1, 2010, a firearm manufactured and sold in this state must have “Made in Florida” clearly stamped on a central metallic part of the firearm, such as the receiver or frame. Committee referrals: Civil Justice & Courts Policy Committee; Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee; Policy Council; Criminal & Civil Justice Policy Council. To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0021.PDF

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HB-267 Assault Weapons by Rep. Dwight Bullard (D-Miami)

Provides that a person commits a felony of the third degree if he or she stores or leaves an assault weapon within the reach or easy access of another person if that person obtains the weapon and uses it to inflict injury or death. Provides criminal penalties and exceptions. Defines the term “assault weapon.” Committee referrals: Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee; Criminal & Civil Justice Appropriations Committee; Criminal & Civil Justice Policy Council To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0267.PDF

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HB-309 Domestic Violence/Injunction for Protection by Rep. Janet Long (D-St. Petersburg)

Adds circumstances that violate an injunction for protection against repeat violence, sexual violence, or dating violence to include refusal to surrender firearms when ordered by a court to do so. Committee referrals: Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee; Criminal & Civil Justice Appropriations Committee; Criminal & Civil Justice Policy Council To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0309.PDF

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HB-315 Adoption/Firearms Registration by Rep. Mike Horner (R-Kissimmee)

Prohibits adoption agencies or entities from registering firearms; or requiring disclosure of or restricting lawful possession, storage, or use of firearm or ammunition of prospective parents. Committee referrals: Health Care Services Policy Committee; Health & Family Services Policy Council. To view bill, go to: http://www.lobbytools.com/static/bills/2010/PDF/0315.PDF