‘Baker Act’ gun bill targeted by out-of-state gun groups


A reader forwarded an email they received last week from Dudley Brown, executive vice president of the National Association for Gun Rights, urging action to defeat HB1355, the so-called “Baker Act” gun bill.

HB1355 sailed through the legislature, due largely to NRA’s endorsement, and is currently sitting on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk awaiting either a veto or a signature.

Until last week, I had never heard of the NAGR or Dudley Brown, who is also the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

Like the Gun Owners of America, which also opposes HB1355, the NAGR appears to be a bit more radical than NRA and other groups.

Brown has a history of pushing conservative lawmakers further to the right.

Dudley Brown, executive director of the National Association for Gun Rights

Dudley Brown, executive vice president of the National Association for Gun Rights

Last month, according to a story by the FOX affiliate in Denver, Brown was named as a defendant in a suit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of a gay couple, for allegedly using their engagement photo on a political mailer without their consent.

Founded in 2000, the NAGR was one of seven pro-gun groups named in a January Mother Jones story titled:  “7 Gun Groups that Make the NRA Look Reasonable.”

The progressive magazine’s article can be viewed as either a compliment or a criticism of NAGR, depending on the reader’s opinion of NRA.

Here’s the email:


Dear (Name withheld),

I’ve got bad news.

The anti-gun bill we’ve been warning you about, HB-1355  has passed your State Senate and is on the Governor Rick Scott’s desk for approval.

Not only will this bill assure more law-abiding Floridians lose their right to keep and bear arms WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, even mental health experts are warning of its’ dangers.

“It is singling out people who have mental illness and are seeking out treatment voluntarily,”  exclaimed the CEO of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, “My fear is that people who need help aren’t going to seek it out, cause nobody wants to be on a database.”

I need your help right away to stop this gun-grabbing legislation in Florida.

Please contact Governor Rick Scott and urge him to VETO anti-gun HB-1355.

By Telephone: (850) 488-7146.

By E-mail: Click Here.

On Facebook: Click Here.

Tell him not to sign off on this key element of billionaire-playboy New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda.

Only YOUR pressure can convince Governor Scott to veto this bill.

Thank you for taking action right away.



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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