Florida Carry puts law enforcement on notice: Violate members’ rights and you will be sued

Lee’s note: This just in from Florida Carry.  The letter is a must-read.

Florida Gun Owners to Law Enforcement: Violate Our Rights & We Will Sue You

Florida Carry Letter Advises Sheriffs & Police Chiefs To Know and Obey The Law

TALLAHASSEE, FL – February 3,2020 – Florida Carry, Inc. has put Florida’s top cops on notice: Stop violating the rights of law abiding gun owners or you will get sued.

In a letter sent to every sheriff and police chief in the state (SEE ATTACHED), Florida Carry notes, “Despite the well-established right, our members have been repeatedly victimized and deprived of their rights by various law enforcement agencies and their respective officers and deputies. Too many individuals in law enforcement throughout the state have harassed, berated, belittled, arrested, and even killed law- abiding citizens going about their personal business, for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to bear arms.”

The letter goes on to detail instances where the rights of their members as well as other Floridians have been violated by law enforcement officers who were either ignorant of, directed to or simply refused to comply with the law.

Florida Carry is demanding that frontline law enforcement officers receive proper training on how to interact with law abiding citizens who are simply exercising their legal rights. Further, they warn that incidents where these rights are violated will result in legal action. “If your officers and deputies do not receive this more thorough and appropriate training and continue to violate our rights, we will respond. We will bring lawsuit after lawsuit until the message is delivered.”

Now that law enforcement has been put on proper notice, Florida Carry hopes that their members will now be able to exercise their right to keep and bear arms without incident. But should this not be the case and legal action is required, law enforcement agencies can no longer claim “ignorance” as a defense.

“We have cataloged and continue to catalog the violations of our rights. We will use this letter and these onerous violations in court. We will show that you were made aware of the consequences of your persistent failure to properly train your officers and deputies. We will show that law enforcement statewide has repeatedly violated the rights of gun owners and yet you did nothing.”

“We will demand criminal prosecution of officers and deputies who violate our rights.”


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.


  1. I gotta tell you, reading that letter makes Florida Carry sound like an organization I don’t want to be a part of.

    I was an active member of Georgia Carry.Org for 10 years when I was a GA resident. They were and continue to be VERY successful in getting GA’s gun laws reformed for the better since that groups founding in 2006. However, they were and are never this confrontational.

    I can guarantee that making demands of law enforcement agencies to just do their damn jobs right isn’t going to get very far. I can also guarantee that they don’t take threats of lawsuits very seriously either. IF they lose, the money will not be paid by any of the individuals involved. Cops have a very dismissive attitude about threats of lawsuits from the citizenry. They get sued literally every day for doing what they do.

    In my opinion, this letter is going to do more harm than good in the long run.

    • Miles Dobrynien on

      What effect does gun law reform have when the existing laws are not being followed? The only way to get compliance is to make non-compliance with existing law costly and painful. The city or county governments that have to pay judgements from lawsuits will put pressure on the agencies responsible to curb their illegal abuses. So what would you recommend to do for the “long run”? Just sit back and do nothing? Violation of our rights demands prosecution!

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