Florida passed “good” gun bills (as in not good enough)

From the NRA-ILA:

ACTION # 1: SB-128, the self-defense bill/burden of proof bill was heard by the full Senate on final passage today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 23-15. The bill will now be sent to the House.

SB-128 Burden of Proof by Sen. Rob Bradley restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs. ALL Democrats voted AGAINST the bill. ALL Republicans voted FOR the bill — except Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) who voted AGAINST the bill. 

This senate bill is the only survivor of the original set for this year. I am amazed it made out of the Senate. It is now on its way to the House and let’s see what happens there.  And also, as of this moment, I am changing certain senator’s identification: From Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) to Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Moms Demand). A little truth in advertising there.

 

ACTION # 2 HB-779, the bill to protect concealed weapons and firearms license holders from being charges with a crime for temporary and open exposure of a firearm, was heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 9-5. The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.

HB-779 Protection of CW License Holders by Rep. Neil Combee removes the criminal penalties for violations of the open carry law and prohibits a person who has a concealed firearms license from being arrested and charged with a crime if their firearm becomes temporarily exposed to sight of another person.

This is a crappy crumb thrown because Open Carry is dead and buried this year. And what pisses me off is that they are not being 100% truthful: It is no longer an arrestable offense with a misdemeanor charge but a non-criminal offense with a fine the first two times and then you get sent to the pokey. Basically Open Carry instead of being the law of the land, it has become  money-maker leprosy for the state and then still you will be facing a charge for defying the sensibilities of a few cowards.  And of course, we want to thank Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Moms Demand) and please, do not let us forget assholes like Rory Watkins in Texas not only made it difficult for his state to get OC, but have been used as “example” of Open Carry to the poltroons in our legislature.

 

ACTION # 3: HB-849 the bill to restore private property rights to churches was heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 10-2. The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.

HB-849 Carry on Church Property by Rep. Neil Combee eliminates restrictions that prevent churches from allowing firearms on church property if church property is ever used for any type of schooling. In other words, if your church, synagogue, or religious institution has a day care program or any kind of private school program Monday through Friday, the church could not allow CW license holders to carry on church property at any time. This bill fixes that.

More crumbs offered to the peasants because the GOP Senate was unable to deliver the elimination of Gun Free Zones in the State of Florida. Let’s make sure that a Pulse-type situation can be reproduced in our Houses of Prayer that dare to offer any type of schooling. It makes you wonder how many people are carrying at churches and are unaware that they are walking felons because the Church is offering a class on pottery or English as a Second Language or Intro to Excel.

And since we don’t know if these bills will even make it to the Governor’s desk, the GFZ rating is:

GOP Senate Rating: (F)

GOP House Rating : (F)

Enjoy the crumbs.

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