Hurricane Seasons Coming, Floridians Grab Your Guns

When Hurricane Season begins on June 1st, if Floridians have to be evacuated not only will they be allowed to bring their children, their pets and their valuables but will also be allowed to legally carry their guns, even without a weapons permit.

With Gov. Rick Scott’s signature of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency. 

Talk about common sense gun laws.  While it is true that this isn’t the great leap to Constitutional Carry that we have seen in other states in recent years it is a quantum leap forward in retrospect to how gun owners were treated after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

As you may recall, after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the authorities, instead of confronting and arresting the roving bands of looters and rapists, decided to confiscate all the guns of law abiding citizens.  We all remember how smooth that recovery went.

So it is with a fresh perspective that Florida has once again assured the rights of its citizens to protect themselves in a state of emergency even if they don’t have the “proper paperwork” to exercise their rights. Of course this is said with the understanding and belief of Bullets First that the 2nd Amendment is the only paperwork ever needed to cow the government from its tyrannical notion of gun control.

The particulars of the new law are as such, it creates an exception to Florida’s prohibition against concealed carry of a weapon without a permit by allowing adults not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to temporally do so while evacuating. The law allows for a 48-hour window that this would be allowed after the evacuation has been ordered. However, the governor can authorize an extension as needed.

Some who do not live in the state may think this is a rare occurrence but in truth such evacuation orders occur frequently, most often associated with hurricane threats. Florida, with hundreds of miles of coastline in the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, is prone to severe hurricanes. Since 2000, no less than 63 tropical or subtropical cyclones have affected Florida, more than any other state.

Now, if the order to evacuate comes, firearms will not have to be left at the mercy of mother nature or bandits.

No doubt to my readers this is just common sense, but when dealing with politics one can never be sure that common sense will win out.

Marion Hammer, president of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida and past president of the National Rifle Association, had this to say:

“This bill is a no-brainer, particularly in Florida with our hurricane exposure.  When you’re ordered to evacuate — to take your kids, your dog and valuables and flee — the last thing you should leave behind is your gun. People have a responsibility to defend themselves and their family, so taking firearms with you is not only your right, it is your responsibly,”

Hammer has a valid point.  One that has been illustrated after Hurricane Katrina when the majority of the local authorities fled the region and left the citizens at the mercy of criminals.

The truth of it is, when it all goes to hell, you are on your own.  At least now in Florida, you won’t get some agenda driven gun grabber trying to disarm the people when they are in the most need.

Hurricane Carry has come to Florida…and that’s something.

 

 

  • PCS

    Gee, what a concept, allowing you to evacuate with YOUR OWN PROPERTY and to protect yourself in a disaster situation. Now this was a REAL common sense law !!!!!! Thank You Gov Scott !!!!!!!!!! Read about what happened after Katrina, even some COPS were looting and police/military went door to door CONFISCATING guns !!!!!!!!!!

    • DL Hancock

      Did you read where the correction officers were busted for looting in Baltimore? It doesnt matter, when you have lowlifes, they come in all forms. I would have a problem with them com ing to MY home and trying to confiscate anything of mine. “I dont have any weapons”, but if I did, I damn sure would be P/o’d. I take that back, I’ve got an old 20 ga pump shotgun and a 22 rifle, wow. ha ha. Dont think they’d waste there time, but never know.

  • Kivaari

    Constitutional carry makes more sense. At least Florida wont be attacking old ladies that have a pistol for defense. You should live on higher ground, almost impossible in Florida, since the highest ground in Florida is a about 300 feet above sea level. Have a high home with a good gun safe.

  • KUETSA

    Crisis situations like this, that history has proven leads to mass looting and violence, IS THE REASON LAW ABIDING CITIZENS OWN FIREARMS! For the government to say, it is legal to own firearms and leave them locked up at home day to day in your everyday life, but if there is a crisis that would force you to NEED your firearms to defend your family – WE ARE GOING TO CONFISCATE THEM – IS DOWNRIGHT CRIMINAL!

    • PAUL JOSEPH

      No more like Ray the Nazi Naggan !!!

  • Rick

    But still no Open Carry…

    • Conrad Gabbard

      Never understood the attraction of “shoot me first” open carry. Anyone needing a gun to strut maybe shuldn’t be strutting.

      • Bullets First

        If people are open carrying to “strut” around then I agree with you Conrad. But as an open carrier myself, there are a number of reasons why I prefer it to concealed carry. The least of which being that during the summer it’s HOT and I shouldn’t have to sacrifice my comfort or my safety by choosing more clothing or going out unprotected.

        And the notion of “shoot me first”, i think, is flawed. In truth, cowards that criminals usually are would either abort their attempts at the sign of a gun or wait until you left before perpetrating their crime.

    • Bullets First

      With Texas finally allowing Open Carry, I think the winds of change are shifting and will soon settle the matter in Florida.

  • Grey Sniper

    WELL DONE!

  • Alan404

    Might common sense actually reign supreme somewhere?

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