On Thursday January 28th, HB 163 "Open Carry" bill will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. HB 163 provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon may also openly carry such firearm or weapon.
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.
CALL TO ACTION
The House Open Carry bill, HB 163 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday January 28th, 2016 at 9:00AM.
Please call and e-mail the members of the House Judiciary Committee and tell them to support HB 163.
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