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.