Governor Bush Supports Gun Owners' Rights
Posted 13 May 2004 - 07:38 PM
NRA News Release
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Governor Bush Supports Gun Owners' Rights:
Signs Two Important Bills into Law
After overwhelming support in the Florida Legislature and from firearm
owners across the state, Governor Jeb Bush signed two important gun
rights bills (SB 1156 and HB 155) into law today. Executive Director of
Unified Sportsmen of Florida and former National Rifle Association (NRA)
President Marion P. Hammer, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre,
NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox, and Director of State & Local Affairs
Randy Kozuch were present on behalf of the Association's 4 million
members to witness the signing of these two important laws.
SB 1156 ends damaging government lawsuits provided firearm ranges make
good faith efforts to exercise sound management principles in their
disposal of lead ammunition. Prior to its passage, range facilities had
no shield or protection against environmental lawsuits devised to force
ranges out-of-business by placing them at the mercy of the court,
irrespective of whether they posed a risk to the environment.
During the bill's signing ceremony, Wayne LaPierre said that, "Shooting
ranges are owned and operated by lawful businessmen and women who work
to improve the environment and avoid contamination. The law
demonstrates that our commitment to protecting the environment is just
as strong as our commitment to Second Amendment rights and America's
heritage of firearms ownership."
The new law, the first of its kind in the country, requires the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide copies of "Best
Practices for Environmental Stewardship for Florida Shooting Ranges" to
range managers statewide to keep their operations on a sound,
environmentally friendly path. That blueprint for action was the
culmination of nearly a decade of research and cooperative efforts
initiated by the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting
Sports Foundation, and the Wildlife Management Institute.
"Shooting ranges that implement these environmental management practices
will not have to fear malicious lawsuits," added Chris W. Cox. "That is
what a win-win strategy is all about - SB-1156 is an ideal remedy for
firearms owners and the environment."
The driving force behind passage of SB-1156, Marion P. Hammer, praised
the Florida Legislature and Governor Bush saying, "Once again, Florida
is leading the way with model legislation that should be adopted by
every state. Protecting shooting ranges is an essential element of
protecting Second Amendment rights. And teaching range owners best
management practices to eliminate environmental risk is just plain
The second bill signed by Gov. Bush, HB 155, stops the illegal compiling
of computerized lists of law-abiding firearms owners and the guns they
own, otherwise known as registration of law-abiding gun owners.
In violation of federal law, a few of Florida's urban Sheriffs have been
effectively building gun registration lists and data bases. This
information has nothing to do with criminal investigations or crime
guns, and is in clear violation of The Firearms Owner's Protection Act
(18 U.S. Code section 926).
"HB 155 will stop law-abiding firearm owners from being profiled and
made suspects simply because they exercise their constitutional right,"
Hammer said. "This law is important because it stops gun registration,
the worst form of gun control, that only aims to destroy freedom."
Passage of the bill was supported by the Florida Police Benevolent
Association, the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Police
Posted 13 May 2004 - 07:56 PM
Now let's take it up a step.
Tennessee has a MANDATORY CLEO must sign a Form 4 if no legal disqualification. How about getting that in every state?
Come on guys the fact we are silent lambs makes us targets.
Did I directly help the Tennessee law NO, am I proactive with our "lawmakers" YOU FREAKING bet!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is hope, vote, but more importantly engage the lawmakers.
OK I will shut up now.
Posted 13 May 2004 - 08:39 PM
Posted 13 May 2004 - 11:21 PM
Did I understand you right? So TN has a mandatory Cleo sign off already on the books? I had no idea. Not that I had any trouble getting signatures in TN, but it's good to know that its on the books.