FLORIDA: Proposed Arms & Ammo Act

“We are all blessed to live in the free state of Florida where our Second Amendment rights are valued and protected . . .”

Florida could be the first state to protect gun sale data with the Arms and Ammo Act.


Florida could be the first state to protect gun sale data with the Arms and Ammo Act.

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/580248-wilton-simpson-wants-to-shield-gun-and-ammo-sale-

January 10, 2023 : Renzo Downey – FLORIDA POLITICS

Florida could be the first state to protect gun sale data with the Arms and Ammo Act.

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson is unveiling his first legislative proposal since taking office, a first-in-the-nation measure to prevent businesses from tracking Floridians’ firearm and ammo purchases.

Simpson, the former Senate President who was sworn in as Agriculture Commissioner last week, announced his proposal for the “Florida Arms and Ammo Act” Tuesday.

The measure comes in response to new international standards for recording payment transactions last year that established a separate identification code for firearm and ammunition sales. With the new merchant category code, it is potentially easier to track people who have purchased guns or ammo.

“We are all blessed to live in the free state of Florida where our Second Amendment rights are valued and protected, but Democrats in Washington continue to try to chip away at these rights — and we must stay vigilant,” Simpson said.

“The ‘Florida Arms and Ammo Act’ draws a line in the sand and tells multi-national progressive financial institutions, and their allies in Washington, that they cannot covertly create a backdoor firearm registry of Floridians — or else.”

Florida: Armed Good Samaritans Stop Robbery and Assault of Two Women

Another Good Guy(s) with Gun Stops Bad Guy with G

January 7, 2023

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/armed-florida-good-samaritans-detain-140322509.html

A Florida man has been arrested by deputies after two concealed carry permit holders stopped him from escaping by holding him at gunpoint after he allegedly shot two women.

Florida police say Lee David Wilkerson, 38, was standing outside the Bingo Paradise bingo hall in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday when two women tried to enter and an argument ensued, according to a Facebook post from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

When Wilkerson tried to go back into the building, two citizens with concealed guns drew those guns and held him at the scene until police arrived.

Wilkerson allegedly pulled a gun from his side and hit one of the women in the head with it before firing in their direction as they tried to run away.

Wilkerson, who police say was carrying methamphetamine at the time, then allegedly threw his gun into a nearby dumpster.

Lee David Wilkerson, 38, was arrested after shooting two women outside a Florida bingo hall.

Authorities were able to locate Wilkerson’s gun in a nearby dumpster..

Watch for nationwide AMMUNITION RECALL – NYPD orders officers to turn in their ammunition

NYPD officers ordered to turn in their ammunition – RECALL

NYPD orders officers to turn in their bullets in ammunition recall

January 7, 2023

The NYPD issued a department-wide recall of its 9 mm ammunition (SPEER Gold Dot 9 mm 124-gr. +P) this week after it was discovered that a bad batch of bullets was failing to fire properly, the Daily News has learned.

The recall was issued on Jan. 5 and all officers who received 9 mm ammo from the department between Dec. 19 and Wednesday were ordered to report to the outdoor range on Rodman’s Neck and return them for a new cache of bullets..

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-nypd-ammunition-recall-department-wide-20230107-7b6vlpdpxrbnvmqytxygckliam-story.html

Kidnapping Attempt Stopped By Armed Good Samaritan

The suspects were confronted by a bystander and then released the victim, according to police.

December 30, 2022

https://www.localmemphis.com/article/news/crime/germantown-police-looking-for-suspects-of-attempted-kidnapping-west-farmington-boulevard-kidnap-danger-safety-bystander-approach-tennessee/522-f762cb56-e7ae-4ad2-9ca7-225e6b87a8fb

FLORIDA: Permitless / Constitutional Carry, Be careful what you wish for

Gov. DeSantis wants to see constitutional carry implemented in Florida

Convictions For Unlawfully Carrying Guns Skyrocket After Texas Passed Constitutional Carry

December 20, 2022

On September 1, 2021, Texas’ “permitless carry” law took effect. Since then, there have been a 550% increase in unlawful carrying of a weapon convictions. That is “convictions” not arrests.

Gov. DeSantis wants to see constitutional carry implemented in Florida

AUSTIN, Texas ― Few people are more enthusiastic about carrying handguns than Mike Cargill. The owner of Central Texas Gun Works often carries three ― two concealed, plus one holstered outside his belt.

He’s also enthusiastic about handgun education. Even after the Republican-dominated state legislature passed a “constitutional carry” law, which allows Texans to carry handguns both openly and concealed without getting a license, Cargill kept teaching classes and range qualifications for the now-optional License to Carry Program (LTC). Cargill says a license offers a lot of benefits, not least of which is helping people navigate the state’s complicated gun laws.

And since Texas became one of about half of the states in the country that view carrying a gun as a constitutional right, it looks like people are getting confused by those complicated laws. Several of Cargill’s students over the last year and a half signed up for an LTC class hoping to avoid conviction for unlawfully carrying a weapon ― usually after taking a gun somewhere they shouldn’t have.

When Cargill checked the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website, he found that his experience wasn’t an anomaly. Convictions for unlawfully carrying weapons skyrocketed in the state, from 1,049 in 2020 to nearly 7,000 last yeara spike of 550% and the highest number by far since 2016, the last year of complete data. The state adopted the constitutional carry law in September 2021.

“Yes, it’s your right to carry a gun,” Cargill said. “But you have to know how to carry that gun. If not, that’s a problem.”

No Obvious Explanation

It’s not clear why convictions for unlawfully carrying a weapon have risen so sharply. HuffPost reached out to several local law enforcement agencies asking for an answer. Few responded. Those that did hadn’t noticed the trend, though some agreed with Cargill that confusion might help account for it.

The “apparent rise in unlawful carrying cases across the state is alarming,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg wrote in an email to HuffPost.

“In Harris County, we seem to have filed more than one charge against some suspects which indicates that defendants freed on bond have been charged with the same crime more than once,” Ogg wrote. “Around the rest of the state, they may have the same problem or it could be something else, such as a lack of education about the constitutional carry laws or other laws regarding the possession of firearms.”

Although permitless carry sounds simple, gun laws are complicated. Even under the new law, places like airports, courthouses, hospitals and schools generally don’t allow weapons. Private businesses can also prohibit people from bringing in guns, either by displaying a sign or warning people verbally.

In theory, you can’t bring a gun into a place that earns more than 51% of its revenue from alcohol. But in practice, you can take a gun into a bar if the bar’s liquor license classifies it as a restaurant, which requires checking the Texas Alcohol Beverage Control’s website.

Permitless carry added a new layer of complexity by creating two classes of people allowed to carry handguns ― those with licenses and those relying on the constitution.

The most commonly cited perks of getting a license are that it allows the holder to concealed carry in most other states, and license holders only have to submit federal background checks for application and renewal, instead of every time they buy a gun.

But the law favors LTC holders in many other ways. Carrying a gun with a blood alcohol content of up to 0.08 is legal for license holders. Without one, drinking any alcohol at all while carrying a gun is illegal. An LTC exempts the license holder from the restriction on carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of a school under federal law (though bringing one inside a school building generally remains illegal).

The once-required classes explain all these details. Those carrying a gun because they read a news article saying they can, might not know, for example, unholstering a handgun while inside a car and leaving it in plain view is a crime.

Still, it’s not clear how confusion alone would translate into more gun charges. If someone’s doing a decent job concealing the handgun, they’re not likely to get caught with it.

Instead, many people are charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon only after police arrest them for something else, according to attorney Shane Phelps ― usually drinking and driving, or possession of marijuana.

The only people Phelps regularly sees with unlawfully carrying a weapon as their only charge are felons caught with guns. But Texas tallies the crime of possessing a gun despite a felony conviction separately from unlawfully carrying a weapon.

“That’s kind of a shocking statistic to me ― I don’t have an explanation for it,” Phelps said, referring to the increase in charges. “It’s really hard right now in Texas to get arrested for just carrying a weapon.”

The introduction of permitless carry may not account for the shift, given that it can take several months to cycle defendants from charging to conviction. The data increase could also be due to a historic and sustained spike in gun sales that started during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris County, for example, showed a clear rise in unlawfully carrying a weapon dating back to 2019, with the number of people charged more than doubling in two years to 4,454. Incomplete numbers for this year were on track to slightly exceed last year.

For the complete story, go to: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/12/28/states-try-curb-mass-shootings-bullets-ammo-laws/10760437002/

The Biden Administration Expands Crackdown On “Ghost Guns”

In an open letter to firearms dealers dated Dec. 27, the ATF told firearm vendors that nearly-complete handgun frames or receivers will be treated the same as fully completed firearms.

December 28, 2022 – The Epoch Times

Biden Admin Expands Crackdown on “Ghost Guns

The Biden administration has dialed up its crackdown on so-called “ghost guns” by issuing guidance that basically expands the definition of what “readily converted” means in a new federal rule and making more do-it-yourself pistol parts subject to restrictions.

In an open letter to firearms dealers (pdf) dated Dec. 27, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) told firearm vendors that nearly-complete handgun frames or receivers—basically the pistol grip and firing mechanism—will be treated the same as fully completed firearms

For the complete story, go to: https://www.ntd.com/biden-admin-expands-crackdown-on-ghost-guns_891476.html

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives December 27th letter to firearm manufacturers and dealers: https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/docs/open-letter/all-ffls-dec2022-open-letter-impact-final-rule-2021-05f/download

CONSUMER ALERT – Florida Concealed Carry Classes Conducted At Local Hotels

Information provided as a community service.

Beware of CONCEALED CARRY CLASSES conducted in rented hotel rooms!

What those who conduct such classes at local hotels do not want you to know:

  • They are NOT local providers or instructors.  They are from out of town and in most instances, from out of state.
  • They do NOT provide any handgun instruction or training.
  • There is NO live-fire range time or training.  If the class is conducted in a rented hotel room, you fire one paint cartridge at a paper target taped to a cardboard box.  No hotel is going to allow you or anyone to fire a real gun inside the hotel.
  • They may not be licensed to conduct business where they are conducting classes.

Before registering for a concealed carry class and paying your money, do your homework, ask questions.

  • What firearm training is provided in the class?  Will you be taught how to correctly use and fire a firearm?
  • What range does the provider use for the training?
  • How many rounds of ammunition will you fire during your training?
  • What are the instructor’s credentials?
  • Is the certificate of training issued recognized by the State of Florida for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license?
  • Is the class provider licensed to conduct business in the city and county where the class is conducted?
  • What is the class provider’s business address?  Who do you contact if there is a problem with your paperwork after you complete the class?
  • Is there a local phone number to call?
  • Is the class provider licensed and insured?
  • Will the class instructor or provider attempt to sell you insurance?  Ever been to a timeshare presentation?
  • Will the class instructor or provider attempt to sell you books or other materials?

If you do not ask the questions above, you have little to no regard for the training you receive and your hard earned money.  

You can ask the questions above and get the concealed carry/firearms training you want or pay the out-of-town providers once and pay again to get a class and training that provides you necessary training to make you confident and proficient in the use of a firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.  There is a definite difference.  Do your homework, ask questions and shop around.

MASS SHOOTING AVERTED: Good Guy with a Gun Stops Bad Guy with a Gun – Amazon Distribution Center, Chandeler, Arizona

It’s happen again. Mass shooting averted. A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

December 14, 2022

Amazon contracted employee returned fire at shooter outside warehouse.

The suspected shooter was killed when an Amazon contracted employee returned fire, Chandler police said. One other person was hospitalized.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — A contracted Amazon worker returned fire on a suspected shooter at the Amazon Flex warehouse in Chandler, police said.

Investigators believe the deceased man shot an Amazon contracted worker before another employee fatally shot him. The deceased man did not work for Amazon, according to the Chandler Police Department.

The worker who shot the original shooter is cooperating with the police, and authorities said that his actions may have prevented a larger shooting.

“He did come to the aid of an individual who was being shot by our suspect. So and so in that case, I would say he is a Good Samaritan,” said Sgt. Jason McClimans.

Chandler police said the incident did not involve an “active shooter” investigators are working to determine the circumstances leading up to Wednesday’s shooting.

Authorities said they don’t know if it was a targeted attack.

“We’re deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence in our parking lot. We’re working closely with law enforcement as they investigate and are focused on supporting our team during this difficult time,” said Amazon spokesman Richard Rocha.

Bryton Bobbitt was in his delivery van in the Amazon warehouse parking lot near McQueen and Queen Creek roads when the shooting started.

After hearing a “pop, pop, pop” sound, the driver quickly looked for a safe place.

“As soon as I saw employees running, I just put my van in drive and got out of here as quickly as I could,” Bobbitt said.