The Top 10 pro-gun bills I’d like to see

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After watching in frustration as several pro-gun bills were left on the table as Florida’s latest legislative session came to an abrupt close, I guess I started to dream the impossible dream.

I came up with 10 bills — five federal and five state — which I’d like to see introduced.

Some are already in the works, or have become law in other states. A few others have been attempted but have failed to garner enough support. One is an idea long past overdue.

Federal Bills:

1. National reciprocity for concealed carry licenses — If a law-abiding citizen has passed the requirements in their home state for a concealed carry license, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 states. This would end the ever-changing and confusing patchwork of states that recognize the license, and those that don’t, which can lead to criminal sanctions.

2. Remove suppressors from NFA regulation — Suppressors are surging in popularity. They’ve become a must-have accessory for shooters and hunters. There is no legitimate reason why they are still subject to the clunky requirements of the National Firearms Act. I’m sure even the ATF would be glad to see this change, as the majority of the NFA transfers they process involve suppressors.

3. National safe-travel legislation — If a gun owner or ShaneenAllenconcealed-carrier is passing through a state where their firearm is prohibited, they should not be penalized if discovered by local law enforcement. We’ve all seen the legal horrors Philadelphia resident and concealed-carrier Shaneen Allen encountered during what she thought would be a routine traffic stop in New Jersey.

4. National ammunition protection bills — Several states have begun overly regulating traditional lead-based ammunition. California has banned lead ammunition for hunting. While the EPA has so far refused to be a party to a nationwide ban on lead-based ammunition, thanks to the lobbying by NRA and its members, federal legislation preserving traditional ammunition is needed.

5. A bill to allow the purchase of any firearm in non-contiguous states — More than 40 states allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states. While this number is growing, in this day and age regulations controlling where you can purchase any firearm, including handguns, are outdated and nonsensical.

 State Bills:

1. Campus Carry — When I interviewed Rep. Greg Steube

Rep. Greg Steube

Rep. Greg Steube

(R-Sarasota) about his Campus Carry legislation, he talked about the young military veterans entering college after having served multiple overseas combat deployments, and how they could have benefited from his bill because they’ve grown accustomed to being armed. During an emergency, the schools could have benefited as well by having armed, well-trained veterans in the classrooms. For me, that scenario still trumps all of the arguments posed by the opposition.

2. K-12 Campus bill — This legislation, another from Rep. Steube, was overshadowed by the campus carry bill. This bill would have allowed designated school district employees to carry a concealed firearm on campus. It allowed the principal to select the staff who they believe were capable of safeguarding their schools.

3. Shall-certify –Tennessee is the most recent state to pass a shall-certify bill, which gives a sheriff of chief of police 15 days to sign an applicant’s ATF Form 4, the document required to transfer a firearm or suppressor subject to NFA regulation. Tennessee’s law also allows an applicant to appeal a denial to state court. Even in Florida, there are many CLEOs who refuse to sign off on a resident’s request to purchase an NFA firearm.

4. Lifetime concealed carry license — Tennessee just passed a law that allows residents to purchase a lifetime concealed carry license for a flat fee of $500. If we are required to purchase licenses in order to carry a concealed firearm, this makes good sense, but I much prefer another option.

5. Constitutional carry — I’ve long believed that a concealed ccarrycarry license is nothing more than the government taking away my Second Amendment right and then selling it back to me. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Vermont and Wyoming allow qualified residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. As others have said, Constitution Carry is the only real right-to-carry legislation. I can’t wait for a politician to introduce the idea here in Florida.

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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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  2. Gary L Griffiths on

    Repeal of the 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1934 Firearms Act.

    Nullification of any law prohibiting possession of a firearm on or in any public property with the exception of locations where prisoners or the mentally incompetent are held.

    A requirement that any public or private venue that prohibits possession of firearms on the premises be required to provide safe storage lockers for firearms at every entrance to the venue.

  3. While the reciprocity laws among states are a nuisance, they affect relatively few gun owners – but a national reciprocity system would allow the feds to affect every gun owner and I think it’s a bad idea. I cite as an example the federal takeover of driver’s licensing requirements for heavy trucks. Before the requirement of a federally sanctioned commercial driver’s license (CDL) in 1986, anyone with a driver’s license could drive a heavy truck (semi class) after a little instruction and practice. Now it requires a periodic medical exam, extensive testing, certification and training and in many cases requires applicants to spend thousands of dollars to attend a sanctioned truck driving school. In addition, it’s a huge bureaucracy that requires periodic medical exams, extensive record keeping and special endorsements for various types of trucks and trucking (i.e. air brakes, hazardous materials, buses, tankers, multiple trailers, etc). I’m not saying all of these things are bad as they are a result of a few people not accepting personal responsibility for their actions – but if the feds impose this level of control on something that is relatively non-controversial like trucking, imagine what they would do with firearms.

    I think a better approach is to work with the states to set up a universal reciprocity framework that is acceptable to all of them rather than letting the feds do it with a heavy hand. I realize some blue states will probably never agree, but I’d rather live with that than a federal law that could be clandestinely amended with more restrictive measures in the bowels of a 3000 page bill no one reads.

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