FLSAPA HB 733 Withdrawn

Friday, February 28th, 2014 @ 4:23PM

We regret to inform you that HB 733, the Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act has been withdrawn from the Florida House and we’ve received the following message from Representative Dane Eagle:

We pen this letter with great disappointment, as the purpose is to inform you that the “2nd Amendment Preservation Act” (currently filed as HB 733) has been withdrawn, and that the policy position will not be pursued in the 2014 Regular Session. The reason for this withdrawal is simple: the tactics and methods used by many grassroots supporters of this bill have unfortunately created an air of suspicion within the Capitol, suspicion that some advocates care less about the 2nd Amendment and more about causing divisions among like-minded people. The old adage, “We can disagree, without being disagreeable,” comes to mind.  We find it timely that Sen. Rand Paul just this week spoke to the issue of language and message regarding support of candidates and issues. The fact is, any chance this bill had for passage in 2014 is no longer realistic. We will no longer allow our names be attached to a bill that has been used as a vehicle to attack and create division amongst our allies.

Our fellow Republicans in the Legislature, believe, as you do, that the right of self-defense contained within the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is an inviolable right, on par with the rights to speech, assembly, and worship contained in the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These are inalienable rights granted to mankind by our Creator, and a law of man can neither rightfully abridge them, nor should they attempt to do so.

However, it would be infantile to suggest that this is not a debatable position, and even perhaps a minority opinion, in America today.  Right or wrong, there are numerous restrictions on these freedoms, at both the state and federal level. Any assumption that a challenge to this dynamic would be no more complex than the passage of a simple commemorative resolution demonstrates a gross under appreciation of the challenge.

Frankly, changing the current dynamic will require the conversion of our friends and neighbors with sweet words of collegiality, not the rude hammer of coercion by state power. Laws meant to protect our rights are meaningless if the majority of the citizenry care little for their protection. This is the challenge with which we believe the grassroots can most effectively assist.

As a further note, throughout the last several months, as we attempted to craft a bill which would meet your stated policy goals, conflict regularly arose between your supporters and Florida’s National Rifle Association and its leader, Ms. Marion Hammer. The fact is, the NRA and Ms. Hammer have been a champion for our 2nd Amendment rights for decades. While they are an independent group and able to provide their own defense, many of the protections we enjoy today in Florida come directly from their efforts. Inasmuch as the Legislature has been the vehicle for those accomplishments, we provide a short list for your consideration below:

~ PASSED – Nation’s first “shall issue” Right-to-Carry law
~ PASSED – Firearms Preemption to Stop Local Gun Control
~ PASSED – Right-to-Carry Reciprocity law
~ PASSED – Protection Against Expiration of CW Licenses for Active Duty Military
~ PASSED – Hunter Protection law
~ PASSED – Protection From Shooting Range Closures for Noise/ Nuisance
~ PASSED – Protection From Shooting Range Closures by Government Environmental Lawsuits
~ PASSED – Gun Manufacturer Lawsuit Protection
~ PASSED – Restoration of Castle Doctrine Protection
~ PASSED – Stand Your Ground Protection
~ PASSED – No-Net-Loss of Hunting Lands
~ PASSED – Hunter Voter Registration
~ PASSED – Right to Carry in National Forests
~ PASSED – Gun Registration Prohibition
~ PASSED – No Confiscation of Firearms During State of Emergency
~ PASSED – Penalties for Local Governments who violate Gun Rights
~ PASSED – Protection Against Doctors Violating Gun Owners Privacy Rights
~ PASSED – Numerous Fee Reductions for CW License Holders, etc.

These protections of our rights did not come without considerable effort and their continued upholding will not come without a commitment to our principles; a commitment which we believe the majority of the Florida Legislature shares.

We hope that this message is received in the constructive manner with which it is intended.  We look forward to working on this issue in the future.

God Bless You and may God Bless the State of Florida.

Sincerely,
Rep. Dane Eagle
Rep. Matt Caldwell
Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen
Rep. Ray Rodrigues

Please stay tuned as we gear up for the 2014 Legislative Session and prepare for 2015.

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Lokiluck3
Lokiluck3

Can we say "bribery".... allegedly?

RosemaryRichards
RosemaryRichards

by withdrawing the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act” (currently filed as HB 733)  WITH THIS LAME EXCUSE The reason for this withdrawal is simple: the tactics and methods used by many grassroots supporters of this bill have unfortunately created an air of suspicion within the Capitol, suspicion that some advocates care less about the 2nd Amendment and more about causing divisions among like-minded people. NO SIRS WE THE PEOPLE NO LONGER SUSPECT  WE NOW KNOW YOU CARE LESS ABOUT UPHOLDING THE 2ND AMMENDMENT!!!


RosemaryRichards
RosemaryRichards

i thought they were elected to serve the people not the NRA.