January 28, 2016: Campus Carry

After a favorable 8 to 5 vote in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, a favorable 10 to 3 vote in the Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee, and a Favorable 13 to 5 vote in the Judiciary Committee, House Bill 4001 (2016 session) has stalled.  But not because of the Florida House of Representatives. Continue reading

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October 15, 2015: Keeping students, faculty safe at college

The Tampa Tribune, October 12, 2015 – Keeping students, faculty safe at college.

While recognizing Mr. Hanbury’s success with a system of private universities I do not defer to his opinion on an individual right to self-defense on campus.

The pivotal statement in his Other Views column is this “Thus, we believe our campuses are safe.” This statement is preceded by what he believes to be his responsibility and due diligence to provide a safe environment for the facility, staff, students, and visitors.

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September 20, 2015: SB 68 and HB 4001

These two identical pieces of legislation have passed their first committee hearings. The new legislative session begins in January. The language of the bills strikes paragraph (12)(a) 13 of the current Florida Status 790.06. (12)(a) is the list of exceptions to concealed carry such as courthouses, polling places and athletic events among others.

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March 29, 2015: Response to Gun Insanity

Paul P. Carlucci of Valrico expressed the opinion in the March 24, 2015 Tampa Tribune that guns on college campuses is an insane idea.  His arguments mirror the earlier comments of Chryl Anderson of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in which she describes college life as “toxic”.  Like Chryl Anderson, Paul Carlucci ignores the concept that the legislation is designed to restore the Second Amendment rights of adults who have met the requirements of the State of Florida to carry a concealed firearm.  There is a distinction between a person who has a firearm on their person and a person who carries a concealed firearm with a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License (CWFL).  I will agree that there are immature college students, just as there are immature people in the general population. 

 Legislation to restore the rights of CWFL holders who are on a campus has nothing to do with immature drunks (unless they violently threaten a CWFL holder who is armed).  Continue reading

March 12, 2015: More on SB 176 and HB 4005

Jim Turner wrote for News Service of Florida in an article appearing in the March 10, 2015 Tampa Tribune that a small rally was held on the steps of the Old Capitol to demonstrate against SB 176 and HB 4005.  The sponsors of the rally were none other than Everytown for Gun Safety and the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Chryl Anderson of Moms describes the atmosphere of college life as “toxic” because of alcohol, drugs and surprisingly “academic pressures”.  Her simple explanation for opposing these two bills is that “adding guns would make things worse.”  Continue reading

February 19, 2015: YES FL SB 176, NO SB 290

I don’t support “Gun Free Zones” on general principle because the concept removes the right of personal self-defense by a means that can equalizes disparity of force situations.  Gun Free Zones require individuals to limit their right of self-defense.  They require individuals to make a presumption that the “authority” in the “gun free zone” is capable of responding in a timely manner and will intervene on their behalf.  Continue reading