NSSF: Florida gun dealers should tell lawmakers how ‘Assault Weapon’ ban will impact business

Lee’s note: This just in from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. All Florida FFLs should take heed and comment.

Florida Firearms Businesses Should Submit Comments on ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ Initiative
How Will This Ban Impact Your Business?

Last week, NSSF® notified you of the July 30th (10:00 a.m.) hearing of the Florida Fiscal Impact Estimating Conference (FIEC) in which the FIEC will receive public comment for the “Assault Weapons Ban” petition initiative in Florida. In addition to in-person public comments and presentations, the FIEC will also accept written submission of comments. Specifically, they will accept comments on the “…estimated economic impact on the economy and the overall impact on the state budget.”  The drafted proposal seeks to ban all semi-automatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding 10 rounds or more. Capable is the key word here as most semi-automatic rifles and shotguns could be altered, and therefore capable of holding 10 rounds or more.

NSSF has drafted a sample letter that can be customized for your use. Click here to download the sample letter. As you can see from the sample letter, the highlighted areas allow for you to insert the information relative to your specific company. Feel free to use this letter as-is, use it as a starting point, or write you own letter entirely separate of what we’ve provided. If you have a company letterhead to submit the letter on, that would be helpful as well.

Comments can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the FIEC. That information is provided below. Please keep in mind, all comments should be submitted by the July 30th deadline.

The Florida Legislature
Office of Economic and Demographic Research
111 West Madison, Suite 574
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6588

Email: edrcoordinator@leg.state.fl.us 
Fax: (850) 922-6436

We would ask that you please share any comments you submit to FIEC with NSSF as well so we can keep those in our files if needed for future use. Your comments/letters can be emailed to Trevor Santos at tsantos@nssf.org.

This is a time for Florida firearms manufacturers, retailers, and shooting ranges to be heard. As a firearms business in Florida, you should submit comments on the fiscal impact the proposed initiative would have on your business. Include the potential for revenue and jobs loss, and any other information relating to the fiscal impact this proposal could have on your business.

Visit this website for more information about the July 30th hearing of the FIEC.

Click here to view the full text of the proposed constitutional amendment.


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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.

1 Comment

  1. I am committed to the concept of societal equity in all things. Since civilian police forces are composed of civilians, all civilian polices forces should be under the same firearms restrictions as the rest of the civilian populus. If this evil liberty ban passes in Florida, then no more semi-automatic firearms should be sold by firearms distributors/dealers to any civilian police forces in Florida. Everyone must receive equal treatment under the law.

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