All, The Permitless Carry gun bill -- HB 543 Concealed Carry of Weapons and Firearms Without a License -- is being fast-tracked with only two committees in the House, and is already scheduled for its first hearing in the Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 2 pm ET. If you are able, we urge you to watch the committee hearing on the Florida Channel at Home - The Florida Channel. We will certainly be discussing this bill in our meeting on Tuesday night.
In the meantime, we need you to contact the House committee legislators below AND your own local House Representatives, even if they are not on this committee. Tell them you want them to VOTE NO on this bill when it comes before them. Don't give them a pass. Hold them accountable.
Here are some talking points you can use when voicing your opposition about this dangerous bill in your letters, phone calls, social media posts, and other discussions. You can find these and more at excellent websites including: Everytown Home | Everytown, Giffords Home | Giffords, Prevent Gun Violence Florida Prevent Gun Violence in Florida (preventgunviolenceflorida.org) and others:
This bill would allow people who have never passed a background check or fired a gun in their lives to carry hidden, loaded guns in public crowds.
The gun lobby calls this "Constitutional Carry" which is a myth. There is no constitutional right to carry an unregistered firearm wherever a person goes.
Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022 FL Dept of Agriculture denied 28,994 applications for concealed weapon licenses and revoked 8,129 licenses. Passing permitless carry would get rid of these guardrails.
Studies show that weakening public carry laws is associated with a 13–15% increase in violent crime rates, as well as an 11% increase in rates of homicides committed with handguns.
States where Permitless Carry is legal experienced a 22% increase in gun homicides for the three years after the law’s passage, more than doubling the 10% increase for the country overall.
Florida already ranks as the 24th worst state in terms of Gun Death Rate Rank in the US, with one gun death every 3 hours. Allowing permitless carry will only take us farther to the bottom of the list.
Law enforcement officers have no way of differentiating between people who are lawfully carrying guns and people who are illegally carrying guns. Could result in cops relying on their own inherent bias to police these criteria.
Police departments across the country have reported a drastic uptick in guns stolen from cars, coinciding with the passage of weak public carry laws that allow gun owners to carry and store guns in their vehicles.
Most Floridians want stronger, not weaker gun laws.
Even people living in permitless carry states do not support permitless carry. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of adults in the 25 states with permitless carry oppose these policies.
Contact the Committee Members & our Citrus House Representative:
Spencer.Roach@myfloridahouse.gov; Webster.Barnaby@myfloridahouse.gov; Doug.Bankson@myfloridahouse.gov; Robert.Brackett@myfloridahouse.gov; Chuck.Brannan@myfloridahouse.gov; Lindsay.Cross@myfloridahouse.gov; Jervonte.Edmonds@myfloridahouse.gov; Berny.Jacques@myfloridahouse.gov; Dotie.Joseph@myfloridahouse.gov; Johanna.Lopez@myfloridahouse.gov; Rachel.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov; JuanCarlos.Porras@myfloridahouse.gov; Keith.Truenow@myfloridahouse.gov; Katherine.Waldron@myfloridahouse.gov; Taylor.Yarkosky@myfloridahouse.gov
Tallahassee #: (850) 717-5034
District #: (352) 527-4510
State House - District 23
Jean Siebenaler LEGISLATIVE CHAIR, DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CLUB OF FLORIDA