Church Carry Concealed - Call Your Florida State Lawmaker In Support


Reprinted with permission from Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

ALERT! Church Carry bill to be heard on House Floor

DATE: March 22, 2021

TO:   USF & NRA Members and Friends

FROM: Marion P. Hammer

       USF Executive Director

       NRA Past President

YOUR HELP IS ESSENTIAL! 

LEGISLATORS DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU STAND UNLESS YOU TELL THEM.

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:00pm, the full Florida House of Representatives will meet and will hear HB-259 Sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson & Rep. Cord Byrd HB-259has been amended to make a good bill much better. It is now a bill that simply RESTORES the private property rights of religious institutions AND the self-defense rights of people who go to church.  Click here to review the revised bill:  Revised Church Carry bill

Church goers, who are licensed by the state to carry firearms for self-defense, are currently being deprived of the same rights they have when they go shopping, go into a business, or onto any other private property. This bill fixes that.

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL THESE REPRESENTATIVES URGING THEM TO VOTE YES ON HB-259! THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

In the subject line put: Vote YES on HB-259 Safety of Churches!

ASK them to PLEASE vote YES on HB-259 Safety of Churches, when it comes up on the Floor on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

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Vance.Aloupis@myfloridahouse.gov

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BACKGROUND

By law, under Florida Statutes in  s.790.06 law-abiding citizens may receive licenses to carry concealed weapons and firearms (CWL) for lawful purposes. Places where license holders are NOT AUTHORIZED to carry firearms are listed in s.790.06(12). Nothing in that section prohibits license holders from carrying in churches, synagogues or other religious institutions. 

Nonetheless, anti-gun agitators have inserted language in other parts of the statutes that has been interpreted to prohibit firearms in religious institutions if any kind of child care is ever conducted, at anytime, on the private property of the church, synagogue or other religious institution. That means if child care is conducted Monday-Friday from 9-5, no firearms are EVER allowed at any time including on Saturday or Sunday or any holiday.

This bill will put a stop to that and will allow license holders to carry on church property (just like any other private property) unless the church prohibits it.

There are over 2 Million firearms license holders in our state. They are around children all day, everyday, in places where parents take children shopping or anywhere outside the home. They pose no danger to children or anyone else. Nobody even knows who is and who is not carrying.