Florida GOP Firing Legislative Blanks – Will 2018 Be a Repeat of 2017’s Defeat?

GOP firing pro-gun blanks in Florida

While Florida’s sixty-day regular legislative session won’t begin until January 9 the honorable Senator from Florida’s 23rd District, Greg Steube (R), has again introduced an open carry bill (SB 148) and a number of other pro-Second Amendment measures. In a GOP-controlled state, prospects for the bills should be good. But already there’s trouble brewing in the parliamentary waters and Steube said that as Senate judiciary committee chairman, he doesn’t plan to bring the two pro-gun bills up for a hearing “at this time.”

Last week, the Senate judiciary committee postponed consideration SB 134 that would have allowed people with concealed weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses. Sen. Steube submitted a similar bill last session that barely passed the Senate committee and later died on the House side when Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) shelved it and allowed time to run out.

The Senate judiciary committee is made up of the same members this year. Turncoat Senators Anitere Flores (R) and Rene Garcia are expected to once again side with Democrats, thus giving the gun-grabbing caucus control over the committee and strangling firearms freedom in the cradle.

“I have full intention to put them back up, and hopefully we’ll get to a point where we’ll do an up or down vote,” Sen. Steube said.

Steube’s words echoed what he said in the 2017 session when the pair of south Florida Republicans joined with Democrats effectively blocking any action on them. Those pro-gun bills never got far enough to get an up or down vote.

“Obviously we had challenges getting it through committee last [session], so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Sen. Steube said.

Marion Hammer says all is well in the Florida legislature on pro-gun bills (courtesy tamabay.com_

NRA lobbyist for Florida and former NRA President, Marion Hammer, was asked if pro-gun related measures are in trouble again in the 2018 session. She said she never makes predictions. In an email to the Orlando Sentinel, she wrote:

“There’s an old saying, ‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over.’ … And we haven’t even started.”

At the end of the last session Hammer stated the following in an email blast to NRA and USF members:

“In reality, none of those bills were defeated. No pro-gun bills were defeated by a vote of any committee or on either floor of the Legislature. Some just didn’t get heard in committees or on the Senate or House floor. In short they just didn’t make it all the way through the process.”

Sorry Marion, but the gun grabbers did win. They got two turncoat Republicans to side with anti-gun Democrats to kill pro-gun bills in committee. And like Groundhog Day, it appears that the same thing is happening all over once again.

The committee is expected to meet again on Tuesday, December 5, during the final week of committee meetings before theregular session.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as of October 31 more than 1.8 million conceal carry permits have been issued in the state. That makes just over 8.5% of population with the ability to carry, but who are restricted from further exercising their rights thanks to the blockage of these bills.

Once again, a state that is controlled by a GOP super majority can’t manage to pass pro-gun right reforms, even when the party campaigns and paints itself as pro-Second Amendment. Groundhog Day indeed.


  1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

    Um, because the GOP isn’t on our side in their current iteration, they just hate us less than the left. This is why primaries are important, people.

    1. avatar raptor jesus says:

      The GOP is too busy ensuring that their wealthy donors get a tax break at our expense to worry about protecting our natural and constitutionally protected rights.

      Can we just scrap the whole tax “reform” and let us to give $1,000 to the millionaire of our choosing?

  2. avatar BLoving says:

    Can we please change how we present these bills? Just to troll our opponents a bit?
    Call them what they are: civil rights freedom laws. And watch the bigots twist themselves in knots explaining why they are opposed to the Civil Rights Act of 20(whatever).

    1. avatar Sean in Tampa says:

      Here, here.

  3. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    Who decides which people are on these committees? Or what is the process? Seems that would be the place to clean house.

    1. avatar Luis Valdes says:

      For the Senate it is the Senate President Joe Negron (R)

      For the House it is the Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran (R)

      1. avatar Hank says:

        So is there anything we can do, or someone we can pressure to change that? Or some way to pressure them to change the lineup?

  4. avatar Docduracoat says:

    Greg Steube is from Sarasota and he is the gun champion introducing campus carry, open carry and courthouse carry bills
    Rino Miguel Lopez de Portillo blocked all of these bills and was then defeated
    Now Rino Anitere Flores from Miami and her fellow Rino Renee Garcia from Hialeah are both on the judiciary committee and can block these bills
    She is term limited out after winning the recent election and is planning to run for Mayor of Miami
    We need to call her office and let her know that the people of the gun will support her opposition if she continues on her anti gun rights stance
    Even if we live in a different part of the state we will give money to anyone to oppose her
    Same for Garcia, we need to primary him out of office
    Senator Steube is my gun rights hero!

  5. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

    Repeat after me class:

    “GOP does not mean they will defend my rights.”

    Remember this when you vote and do your homework. Just because the have an (R) after their name and go to the GOP conventions does not mean they are truly a Republican nor that they hold individual rights and freedoms in the highest esteem. Some are just there because they couldn’t be left enough to make it into the Democratic carcass. Always remember sometimes an (R) just means Communist Lite (All that socialist flavor but with only 1/2 the mass murder and starvation!).

  6. avatar Jimmy says:

    The new generation of South Florida Cubans are so far removed from the oppression of the Castro regime that they aren’t liberty minded at all.

    The Cubans who were allied with the Batista government were staunch anti-Communists. Good, strong, patriotic Reagan Republicans. The Cubans who are either Marielitos or the descendants of Marielitos are just big city minorities—and those people aren’t typically gun people.

    Florida is going to become a blue state. It likely will be a blue state in the 2020 Presidential election, due to the population growth in South Florida(between immigrants and Hispanics/Haitians turning 18) and the influx of Puerto Ricans into Orlando.

    The problem Florida has is the same as many other states. The cities are filled with blacks and browns, and blacks and browns vote Democrat. If you look at the 2016 election results—-every big city in Florida voted for HRC. Of course, the four cities with major universities did also—Miami, Tampa, Gainesville, and Tallahassee. It’s a state which is geograhically Republican but the densely populated cities vote Democrat. Plus plenty of Democrats move to Florida and bring their beliefs with them.

    If it continues at this rate, I’m moving to Idaho.

    1. avatar Mr. Woodcock says:

      This is a pretty accurate representation of the demographic issues in FL. It will be blue because of all the above points. I predict it will look like CA in a few years.

    2. avatar Adam says:

      The problem is not “blacks and browns” but rather that the GOP does a terrible job in showing that they would help those people which is why the “blacks and browns” keep voting for Democrats.

      If the Republicans actually stood for small government they would help the “blacks and browns” by legalizing all drugs which would stop unjustly jailing of non-violent criminals. Likewise, “small government” Republicans could also support the abolishment of occupational licensing which frequently keep “black and brown” people from opening businesses and achieving the American dream. Finally, maybe Republicans could go back to the immigration policies that they had 20 years ago which said everyone is welcome in America.

      Fact is, Democrats promise them free stuff and Republicans promise them nothing except for jail time and deportation so take a guess at which party they are going to vote for.

  7. avatar Nanashi says:

    There’s doubtlessly more RINOs hiding in the bush. I know Tom Leek is a rat that loves gun free zones.

  8. avatar stateisevil says:

    A repeat of 2017? Literally nothing significant has happened for the pro gun cause in Florida since 1987-media and NRA hype aside.

    Reciprocity in 1999 and teeth to preemption in 2011, other than that the GOP pukes won’t let anything get passed, and they won’t this year either. Same old GOP crap.

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    A lot of northeast liberals move to Florida look for the state to turn blue eventually. And PR is emptying into Florida too.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “And PR is emptying into Florida too.”

      *And* Texas.

      The hurricane cleared out the island bigtime…

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