Florida Carry, Inc
Florida Carry is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution's Declaration of Rights.
Started 2 petitions
Legalize Open Carry in Florida
In 1987 Florida simultaneously legalized the Licensed Concealed Carry and Unlicensed Open Carry of firearms and other defensive weapons. Due to a bill drafting issue, people openly carrying were allowed to carry in places where concealed carry was forbidden by law. Anti-Second Amendment activist seized on this drafting error in the prohibited places section by calling all Open Carry an unintended loophole. During a special session that was called for other purposes, without committee hearings or legislative findings, Open Carry was completely banned except for limited sporting and law enforcement exceptions. Today there are only five states (Florida, Illinois, New York, California, and South Carolina) that generally ban open carry. 30 States do not require any license to carry unconcealed and 15 states allow carry licensees/permit holders to chose to carry openly or concealed at their discretion. Over the past nearly 30 years Florida's Carry Licensees have proven to be the most law-abiding segment of the population that group statistics are available for. Carry Licensees are statistically even less likely to commit a crime than law enforcement officers. It is now time for Florida's Open Carry Ban to be repealed, at least for those who are licensed to carry already. In 2011 the drafting error in the prohibited places provision of the carry licensing law was corrected. We urge the State of Florida to stop this unnecessary and overreaching Infringement of the Right to Bear Arms for Self-Defense.
Protect the Right To Bear Arms for Self-Defense
We urge you to protect the Right to Bear Arms for Self-Defense by supporting the following: 1. The US Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), held that the right to bear arms means "the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation;" and subsequently in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) the Court held that this right warranted applicability against not just federal but also state regulation because bearing arms was "among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty." 2. Those who defend themselves lawfully should not be treated as criminals. The burden of proof should be on the state to prove that a citizen is not entitled to immunity from prosecution in prima facie cases of Self-Defense. Currently the court's procedures have turned the legislature’s grant of immunity on its head. The courts have in effect said that someone who acts in defense of themselves and their family are “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”. The burden of proof must be the state’s to bear if criminal and civil immunity are to be taken from a victim who is later prosecuted for their act of self-defense. 3. People who defensively display a firearm or weapon are being prosecuted and jailed for using deadly force even when they acted only to stop a criminal attack. Florida courts are finding people guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for merely displaying a handgun in order to stop physical attacks that the court did not feel were brutal enough to be deadly. Victims of a violent attack should not have to wait until a criminal has already bludgeoned them before determining if defending themselves by defensively displaying a lawfully possessed firearm or defensive weapon can be done lawfully. Victims who are under direct physical attack should not have to refrain from showing a firearm to stop the attack for fear of prosecution. 4. The unconcealed carry of holstered handguns used to be legal throughout Florida - it is an old right, not a new threat. In fact, 45 states allow the increasingly common "open carry" of handguns in public, in most states at age 18 without any permit; unfortunately, Florida is now one of only 5 states generally banning the open carry of defensive handguns. The ban should be repealed. 5. All too often crime visits our college and university campuses. Adult students should not have to choose between their education and their personal safety. Florida is one of the very few states that actually make it a crime for anyone to be on the grounds of a college or university if they are otherwise lawfully armed. Concealed Carry Licensees should not be made criminals when they set foot on our campuses. 6. No person should be required to turn their back on a criminal attack. We call on you to “Stand Your Ground” and protect the right of the law abiding people to defend themselves.