Leon County Tax Collector Refuses To Process Concealed Carry Licenses When Reopening Office

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20200522/florida-alert-nrausf-ask-leon-county-tax-collector-to-stop-violating-constitutional-rights-and-the-law

On May 13, 2020, Leon County Tax Collector, Doris Maloy, sent out an email blast to a group of government officials informing them that she would be re-opening her offices on June 1st, but was refusing to process “concealed weapon original applications.

The following letter was sent out this morning to Tax Collector Maloy and Leon County Administrator Vince Long. This gives Ms. Maloy the opportunity to do the right thing and reverse her decision to refuse to process CW Licenses when her office re-opens on June 1, 2020.

Doris Maloy, Leon County Tax Collector: maloyd@leoncountyfl.gov
Vincent S. Long, Leon County Administrator: longv@leoncountyfl.gov

Letter from Marion Hammer to Leon County Tax Collector regarding Ms Maloy’s decision not to process concealed carry licenses . . . .

Florida – Citizens To Get Their Day In Court To Challenge Gun Law

A federal judge has refused to dismiss the National Rifle Association’s challenge to a 2018 state law that blocked people under age 21 from buying guns.

JUDGE CLEARS WAY FOR CHALLENGE TO GUN LAW

JUDGE CLEARS WAY FOR CHALLENGE TO GUN LAW
May 4, 2020Jim Saunders
TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge has refused to dismiss the National Rifle Association’s challenge to a 2018 state law that blocked people under age 21 from buying guns.
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker should dismiss the case, which challenges a law that the Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Scott approved after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
But Walker, in an eight-page decision Friday, denied the state’s request to dismiss the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January. Walker made clear that he was not ruling on the NRA’s underlying arguments that the law violates constitutional 2nd Amendment and equal-protection rights — only that the case should be allowed to move forward.
“It is important to keep in mind the narrow issue before the court at this stage of the proceedings. This court is not asked to, and does not, decide whether (the law) is constitutional. Rather, the question is whether plaintiffs’ complaint contains ‘enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face,’” he wrote, quote a legal precedent.
The law, which the Legislature rushed to pass after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, says that people under age 21 cannot buy firearms, including rifles and shotguns. A federal law already banned licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to people under 21, and the state law broadened that to also prevent private sales of handguns to people under 21, according to court documents.
“Consequently, 18-to-20-year-old adult citizens in Florida are now prohibited from purchasing any firearm from any source,” Walker wrote.
In a Jan. 21 motion to dismiss the case, attorneys in Moody’s office argued that the measure “follows a long tradition of laws conditioning the purchase of firearms on the purchaser’s having obtained the traditional age of majority — 21 years of age.” Also, the motion said that while the law prevents people ages 18 to 20 from buying guns, it doesn’t prevent them from having guns that, for example, they received as gifts.
“Florida’s age qualification is reasonably calculated to advance the state’s interest because it applies only to the purchase of firearms,” the motion said. “Any law-abiding person over the age of 18 may gift, loan, or allow the use of a firearm to an otherwise qualified person over the age of 18, who may in turn keep and use that firearm for any lawful purpose, including home defense, hunting, sport and practice shooting. The sale-gift distinction is aimed at a uniquely dangerous problem — the purchase of firearms by 18-to-20-year-olds absent the judgment of a parent, guardian, or other law-abiding adult that the individual is prepared for the responsibility of gun ownership.”
But in a memorandum filed April 17 opposing the motion to dismiss, NRA attorneys described the law as “draconian” and said it infringes on the constitutional rights of people ages 18 to 20 to keep and bear arms. Also, NRA attorneys contended that the law is not the “least restrictive alternative to achieve a compelling government interest.”
“The ban prevents the ability of all 18-to–20-year-olds to purchase firearms to exercise their Second Amendment rights — even for self-defense in the home,” the NRA memorandum said. “If the compelling interest is limiting gun violence on school campuses, the ban is not the least restrictive means because the ban encompasses all 18-to-20-year-old adult Floridians, including those who no longer have any connection to school campuses. Nor have defendants demonstrated the unavailability of less restrictive alternatives.”
Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz was 19 at the time he was charged with using a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 students and faculty members at the school. Cruz continues to await trial.
The NRA filed the lawsuit immediately after the law was passed in 2018, but the case has moved slowly, at least in part because of a dispute about an NRA attempt to allow two opponents of the law to participate in the case anonymously — an idea that ultimately was dropped, with a named plaintiff, Radford Fant, joining the case.
While Walker denied the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit Friday, he agreed to a request to dismiss Moody as a defendant. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen remains a defendant.

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Solicits Sympathy From Anti-Gun Friends

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried whines about being called on the carpet by Florida State Attorney Ashley Moody, for not processing concealed carry weapons licenses during the COVID-19 crisis and solicits sympathy from her anti-gun friends . . .

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Pleased To Announce: The return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting

The Return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course – Instructor Led

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If your training certificate does not say “NRA” you did not take an official NRA training course.

In-Gauge of Polk County is happy to announce the return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course.  It became official today.  Straight from the NRA Training Headquarters.

And, In-Gauge of Polk County is not wasting any time in conducting its first class.

This is the old, classroom method of conducting firearm safety and handling training which most people are familiar.

The course:

  • Is 8 hours in duration
  • Consists of both interactive hands-on classroom instruction and live-fire range training
  • Familiarization with both the revolver and semi-automatic pistol
  • Introduction to the various types of ammunition and its uses
  • Introduction to range safety procedures
  • Introduction to proper safe handgun handling, storage and use
  • Introduction to proper handgun cleaning and maintenance
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of shooting
  • Instruction in proper shooting techniques
  • Evaluation of shooting skills and techniques
  • Evaluation of the participants retention of presented course material

The participant will receive an official NRA student packet and Basics of Pistol Shooting hardcover book.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be provided with a nationally recognized National Rifle Association certificate of training.   * The certificate of training exceeds the State of Florida’s training requirement for its concealed weapon permit application process.

Class information:

The first course is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th starting at 9:00 am, at In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida.

The minimum age for participation is 16 – Accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $75   * Additional charges if a firearm and ammunition must be provided.

Participants are encouraged to provide his/her own firearm.

For more information or to enroll, contact In-Gauge of Polk County at:  info.ingauge@gmail.com

The Basics of Practical Shooting

I came across this article a couple of days ago and thought you might find it of interest.  Regrettably I cannot take credit for the content, but it contains a lot of useful information.

The Basics of Practical Shooting

https://www.nrablog.com/articles/2017/3/the-basics-of-practical-shooting/

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Spend enough time in the shooting sports community, and you’ll discover that there are seemingly endless disciplines and kinds of competitive shooting. From traditional Olympic-style shooting to shotgun sports, high-power rifle to precision long-range rifle matches, there’s a sport for every type of gun and gun owner.

Many of these events are scored based solely on accuracy – think the pinpoint precision of the NCAA’s student-athletes like West Virginia University’s Ginny Thrasher who shoot air rifle and smallbore rifle with amazing skill.

However, there’s a wide-ranging subset of the shooting sports that combines the need for accuracy with speed, with dynamic courses that make the shooter apply as much of their defensive shooting skill as their marksmanship ability.

Enter practical shooting, where participants bring together precision, power and speed. Unlike events where the shooters stand shoulder to shoulder in a line and aim at fixed targets, practical shooting introduces real-world shooting and self-defense techniques into sport shooting.

While accurate marksmanship is still a necessity in practical shooting, the sport is more a test of expertise in the use of practical firearms and equipment – in other words, how accurately and rapidly can you draw a pistol from a holster and engage targets downrange?

With increasing numbers of Americans investing in firearms as a means of self-defense, practical shooting events provide the perfect opportunity for gun owners to move outside plinking at the range and put their training to use in a fun, competitive arena. This helps build mental dexterity, muscle memory, and shooting skills in an environment closer to what they might encounter in a defensive situation.

Most practical shooting events employ centerfire pistols firing full-power ammo as the primary firearm, and require competitors to draw from holsters – like they would in a real-life defensive scenario. Many competitors choose to use the same firearm they carry, further lending to the ethos of the sport.

Participants will engage any combination of paper and steel targets, and may often be required to shoot targets and varying distances while moving through a stage while avoiding certain “no-hit” targets. Shooting a no-hit target results in a penalty. Targets are considered practical if they reflect the typical size and shape that a firearm could reasonably be used to engage in a defensive situation, such as a silhouette target.

Depending on the design of the match, competitors may be required to shoot freestyle, prone, strong hand, off hand or some other form of shooting. The shooter needs to accurately engage all the targets in the stage as quickly as possible to accrue more points. Gone are the rows of shooters aiming at fixed targets – practical shooting forces the competitor to navigate a course riddled with barriers, doors and windows, walls, barrels, vehicles and other assorted props to simulate what they might encounter in a defensive shooting scenario.

While the course of fire should be challenging and force the shooter to employ physical and mental guile, they should be realistic, and mimic as much of a real-world potential scenario as possible.

Practical shooting sports have their roots in the “Leatherslap” matches in southern California in the 1950s. As the sport was growing in popularity but largely non-standardized, the International Practical Shooting Confederation, or IPSC, stood up in 1976 in Columbia, Missouri. Representatives from nine countries attended, and legendary firearms instructor Jeff Cooper, Marine Corps officer and founder of Gunsite Academy, was named the first president due to his esteemed work and expertise in defensive pistol shooting. Today, Cooper is considered the “father of practical shooting.”

As practical shooting continued to grow in popularity, other organizations were established to serve as governing organizations, including the United States Practical Shooting Association, the IPSC sanctioning body for national championships in the U.S. Other groups today include the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, International Defensive Pistol Association, NRA Action Pistol and Single Action Shooting Society.

Today’s practical shooting competitions come in a wide variety of formats, employing different skillsets, firearms and course design. Among the most popular is 3-Gun, where shooters use AR-style rifle, centerfire pistol and shotguns across a dynamic course of fire shooting at clay pigeons, paper and steel in multiple positions.

IPSC matches adhere to the origins of the sport, where competitors use a centerfire handgun to try and hit 15-centiment A-Zone targets while running through the course. Many of these matches are held internationally. In the U.S., the USPSA divides the country into eight areas, where shooters can participate in one of six divisions ranging from stock, off-the-shelf guns to customized “race guns,” competing against others using the same gear.

IDPA matches are designed to force competitors to solve “real-world” problems in the match, simulating a defensive engagement as closely as possible through the use of everyday carry gear and stage design. Steel challenge competitions involve less moving around on the shooter’s end, but focus more on how quickly they can shoot multiple targets accurately.

Cowboy Action shooting is also considered a practical shooting discipline, wherein shooters – dressed in period-appropriate attire – use a variety of Old West-era firearms, typically single-action revolvers, lever-action rifles and Coach guns to navigate a course featuring multiple targets.

The NRA has long been invested in practical shooting with their discipline of NRA Action Pistol, hosting the annual NRA Bianchi Cup Action Pistol National Championship, which began in 1979. The NRA Bianchi Cup, part of practical shooting’s “Triple Crown” alongside the IPSC U.S. Nationals and SCSA’s Steel Challenge, features four stages – Practical, Barricade, Falling Plate and Moving Target – where competitors shoot holster-drawn pistols from both standing and prone positions using both strong and weak hands depending on the stage.

The NRA Bianchi Cup is held every May at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Hallsville, Missouri, just outside of Columbia. This year’s competition is scheduled for May 24-27, 2017, and registration is open now for competitors!

For more information about NRA Action Pistol and the Bianchi Cup, click here, or register for the 2017 event here. You may also email questions to bianchicup@nrahq.org, or call (703) 267-1478.