Nothing but doom and gloom coming for Florida gun owners

I’m calling it.

It’s official.

For gun owners, Florida’s next legislative session, which begins in January, is over before it starts.

There will be no campus carry, open carry or anything else this year.

It’s a leadership thing.

On Monday, it was revealed that incoming Senate president Bill Galvano — a Republican from Bradenton — accepted a $200,000 donation from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown” group.

On Tuesday, Galvano stood by his decision, telling the Tampa Bay Times through a spokesperson that he would “make no apologies for the responsible steps we took in a bipartisan manner in the wake of the worst school shooting in our state’s history. I have made it clear that as Senate president I will continue to advocate for increased safety and security in our schools. I am grateful for the support.”

Incoming House speaker Jose Oliva, a Republican from Miami Lakes, is also somewhat suspect when it comes to gun rights.

He voted for SB 7026, the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” which created red-flag laws, banned bump stocks and stripped 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds of their Second Amendment rights.

With this type of “leadership,” we’ll be damn lucky just to keep the rights we currently have.

What’s most at risk?

I’d say Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is in jeopardy.

It’s perhaps the most misunderstood law on the books. Its critics say SYG has become a license to kill, which is wrong. All it does is remove the “duty to retreat,” when someone is faced with a threat upon their life.

But, in my humble opinion, the most at-risk law is the state’s powerful preemption statute, which specifies that only the legislature can regulate firearms.

Municipalities across the state have already filed suit in opposition to this statute.

For those seeking to strip gun owners of their constitutional rights, killing the preemption statute has long been a stated goal. It would allow any legislative body to create their own local gun prohibitions, no matter how silly or nonsensical.

Losing Stand Your Ground would be traumatic, but if we lose preemption, that’s it folks.

I really, really hope I’m wrong.


About Author

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. They can pass all the laws they want because criminals, by definition, do not obey the laws. I guess there will be a lot more criminals walking the streets if they strip out preemption because, instantly, I will become a criminal if my local municipality decides they know better than our Founding Fathers and the BOR. Their intent was clear: Citizens SHOULD BE ARMED. It does not mince words either, all explained in 27 words.

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  4. Ramesh M. Haytasingh on

    Well formulated and stated. I am not entirely shocked though with this decision. For yucky stuff to rise, needs only the good to stand stalemate. I am truly saddened to hear this.


  5. Thank-you for your help keeping us informed.

    Wish this could be the front page headline of every Fla. newspaper!
    It was Lincoln who warned us America would destroy its democratic republic from within its own ranks.

    Ted Matuga, MD.

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