Friday, March 22, 2013

Small Victory in Florida

The NRA-ILA reports that a resolution in the Florida House called HM-545 passed its committee vote by 10 to 3 today, and has moved to the floor of the house.  What is HM-545 (pdf)?  It's a House Memorial, a resolution from the Florida House to the Federal government telling them the right to keep and bear arms is protected in Florida. 
... it is the sense of the Legislature that the proposals of the President of the United States to restrict the arms available to law-abiding citizens violate the United States Constitution and that the Legislature, on behalf of the government and citizens of the state, hereby notifies the Congress and the President that it intends to lawfully use all of its authority and power to resist or overturn any federal gun control measure that violates the right of the people of this state to keep and bear arms.
Small victories are still better than defeats - by a long way.  The marathon is just starting, but it's a good start to a long run.  

The NRA also posts a list of all the bills they're interested in which are currently in process in the state legislature (pdf here).  If you want to catch up on what's up there, it's a good place to start.  I've always heard it's better to tell your congress critter to support a specific bill number or name rather than to not be specific.  They're busy, they will get lots of mail on most of these bills.  A simple "Please support HM-545" and "Thank you" is better than nothing. 


  1. Thanks for the update. Wife and I both sent emails as recommended by NRA-ILA on Thursday.

  2. 48 bills listed on the PDF; 35 are "oppose" and all were introduced by Democrats. One Republican submission was "opposed." Two Dem bills were "support," two were "neutral." Six Republican bills were "support," two "neutral."

    I didn't take the time to check the D/R percentages of the Florida legislature, but based on the numbers in the PDF, it is, as usual, a mistake to elect Democrats to any public office. Not that Republicans can be reliably counted on to be significantly better, but that does seem to be the way the numbers run.