On Tuesday January 10th, 2017 SB 140 "Open Carry/Campus Carry" bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 2:00 PM. SB 140 provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon may also openly carry such firearm or weapon. SB 140 also deletes provisions prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility and airport terminals.
45 states allow “Open Carry”, Florida is one of only five states that prohibit open carry: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina. It is time for Florida to separate from New York, California and Illinois and join the rest of the country to recognize our natural right to defend ourselves and that bearing Arms is a right that cannot be infringed upon in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Open Carry creates more of a deterrent to criminals, just carrying a concealed weapon does not alert a criminal that you have a firearm. Many studies report criminals will avoid an armed person or home when selecting a victim.
According to the Department of Justice 2012 report; Murder rates are 5% higher in non-open carry states, Aggravated assault rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states, Violent crime rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states and Robbery rates are 36% higher in non-open carry states.
Our Colleges and Universities are now "Gun Free Zones" and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves. Despite unproven claims from the anti-gun rights groups, eight States have “Campus Carry” including Utah for the last ten years and Utah University officials report no improper incidents on campus in that 10- year time.
The Senate Open Carry/Campus Carry bill, SB 140 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday January 10th, 2017 at 2:00 PM.
Please call and e-mail the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to support SB 140.
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