Florida Republican Files Campus Carry Bill


Florida is looking to join 10 other states in approving concealed carry on the state’s college and university campuses.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-Howey-in-the-Hills) filed the campus carry HB 6001 that would strengthen the right of self-defense of people on college and university campuses across the state and repeal the statute that prevents one from carrying on college and university property.

“The current prohibition of the concealed carry of a firearm makes campuses LESS safe and violates the spirit of the Second Amendment,” Sabatini tweeted.

 

Democrats have filed a bill to require background checks for simply buying ammunition, but it is said to likely fail the gauntlet of the state's legislature.

Democrats also argue that incidents such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting provide the need to restrict firearms even more.

Sabatini disagrees and provides an alternate course of action.

“How many mass shootings must we witness before we allow law-abiding citizens to defend themselves?” Sabatini posted on Facebook in 2019. “Why do we strip Florida citizens of their rights without a shred of evidence that doing so makes us safer?”

 

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2 thoughts on “Florida Republican Files Campus Carry Bill”

  1. Opposition is hysterical and unjustified. Since 1991, the murder rate has fallen by 45 percent and the overall violent crime rate has fallen by 48 percent. It’s bizarre that educators want to change all that. Since 1999, the statistical probability of a student being killed in school, on any given day by a gun has been one in 614 million. Your odds of winning the lottery are one in 300 million. The chances of your child being kidnapped are about one in 300,000. Democrats say the nation is in crisis, suffering an epidemic. Obviously, there is no crisis, no epidemic.

    Shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the ’90s. Fact is all but three mass shooters in recent history passed background checks. Two stole their rifles. The other one bought from a guy who assembled it from parts and sold it from home. Murders committed by all types of rifles combined, in 2018, dropped by 23.9 percent. According to the FBI, out of 14,123 homicides in 2018, only 297 (2.1%) were committed by rifles, less than by knives (11%), hands, fists and feet (5%) and blunt objects (3%).

    During that time, citizens were buying a record number of firearms. In 2019, more than 28 million requests were submitted to the National Instant Background Check System, a general indicator of firearms purchased and an historic record. That number exceeds 27.5 million in 2016 when purchasers were mortified that Hillary might be elected. Democrats want US citizens to believe making the U.S. safer for criminals will make it safer for their victims. Ask yourself, do you believe being disarmed makes you safer? What kind of political leader would disarm his people while howling about the peril they face?

    The Supreme Court isn’t about to jeopardize its own reputation by reducing the ability of private citizens to defend themselves. It’s especially important because currently, half the nation’s murders occur in only 63 counties while the other half are spread across the other 3,081 counties. Said another way, 15 percent had one murder and 54 percent of the nation’s counties had no murders at all.