Concealed Carry Bill is Being Publicly Heard on Feb. 1, 2021

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee Added Concealed Carry to the Committee Agenda

The Chair of the Judiciary Committee has added Senate Bill 498 (Concealed Carry at Religious Institutions) to the committee’s agenda for Monday.

What does this mean? It means that this bill will take its first step to be voted on. The public is allowed comment and show their support for this bill.

That means GOA members like you can voice your approval at the hearing!

As the State Director, I will be there to speak in support of this bill and to outright demand that gun free zones be repealed. But GOA is stronger when its members show up and speak as one loud unified voice promoting liberty and freedom.

As a Second Amendment Activist, Here is What You Need To Do!

First and foremost, you must complete a Committee Appearance Form. Without this, you cannot speak before the committee.

You must arrive at the Civic Center early. With the way the Senate functions, being early is on time and being on time is late. Why? Because if you don’t turn in your Committee Appearance Form prior to the start of the hearing, you will not be allowed to speak.

Time is always rationed to speakers, so have a concise and orderly plan of action. Have your speaking points organized and ready to go. Remember, be polite but firm on your stance.

Your talking points should be based on the following:

  1. Floridians have the right to practice their religious beliefs and be able to defend those beliefs. Just because a religious institution also has a school on its property, shouldn’t bar you from legally protecting yourself.
  2. The best solution is to amend this bill so it just outright repeals all the Gun Free Zones currently listed under State Statute 790.06 (12)(a).
  3. As tragically proven by the shootings at the Pittsburgh Synagogue and the Sutherland Springs Church in Texas, criminals will attack good people in places of worship. No law that forbids concealed carry at these locations stops criminals from committing violence against honest people; and anyone who thinks it will is either lying or delusional.

Show up on Feb. 1, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the hearing will be at Room A3 of FSU’s Donald L. Tucker Civic Center located at 505 Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The hearing starts at 2:30pm and is scheduled to go until 5:00pm.

Here are the parking instructions for the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

GOA has pledged and sworn to defend the Constitution, but we can’t do it without you. We are simply a tool to amplify your voice in Tallahassee.

Remember folks, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Be loud, be proud, and be ACTIVE.

Click here to send a pre-written email to the Judiciary Committee that urges them to vote in favor of SB 498.