Enable the right to open carry in the State of Florida

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Enable the right to open carry in the State of Florida

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Daniel Blaze Plumey started this petition to Florida State House and

This Petition seeks the right of Open Carry. 

We, the People, of the United States of America, hold that any citizen who may lawfully own a handgun should have the right to carry that holstered handgun openly in public, throughout the State of Florida, those reciprocating States, except for those few unique places where the Legislature has decided to ban gun carry generally. "The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices.  State and local governments are limited to the same extent as the federal government from infringing this right per the incorporation of the Bill of Rights." 

The following facts are not in dispute:

1. Florida is one of only 5 states banning open carry. Many states do not even require a license to open carry.

2. Self-defense is a basic human right and the handgun is the quintessential self-defense weapon. District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. ___, ___, slip op. at 57 (2008).

3.In 1987, a controversial "concealed- carry" law went into effect in the state of Florida. In a sharp break from the conventional wisdom of the time, that law allowed adult citizens to carry concealed firearms in public. Many people feared the law would quickly lead to disaster: blood would literally be running in the streets. Now, 27 years later, it is safe to say that those dire predictions were completely unfounded. Indeed, the debate today over concealed-carry laws centers on the extent to which such laws can actually reduce the crime rate. Open carry is no different today.

4. Criminals are not deterred by rules, regulations, or statutes forbidding the possession of weapons. A man bent on mass murder will not be stopped by a law forbidding him to have a gun, but a law abiding citizen will be deterred from carrying a gun which might save his/her life and the lives of others.

5. It is well known that the requirement to conceal a normal sized handgun can be difficult, especially in Florida with our extreme heat and humidity, since a person will usually have to wear a jacket to properly conceal a handgun and to avoid what is known as "printing".

6. Under some circumstances, the requirement to conceal a handgun can make it difficult to draw the weapon should the life of the carrier or the life of someone else be in danger.

7. Open carry has and will deter crime, as well as providing a valuable option even for citizens who prefer to normally carry concealed.

8. A recent FBI study concludes that criminals do not open carry handguns and eschew holsters because they do not want to draw attention to themselves. Anthony Pinizzotto, et al., Violent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers, FBI (2006) (finding that violent criminals carefully "conceal" their guns and "eschew holsters"), summary available at http://www.forcesciencenews.com/home/detail.html?serial=62.

For the foregoing reasons, we residents of the State of Florida affirm and assert that all citizens who may lawfully own a handgun be allowed to carry that holstered handgun openly in public throughout the State of Florida except for those specific places where the Legislature has decided to ban gun carry generally.


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