State Senator Danny Burgess, chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, introduced SB 1006, a crucial bill that would name strawberry shortcake as the official state dessert of Florida. Never mind that literally no one associates Florida with strawberry shortcake. But since Plant City (an area of the state apparently grows strawberries) is in of Sen. Burgess’s district, the bill became a priority.
The shortcake bill passed the Senate unanimously and is currently sailing through the House on its way to passage.
All the while, a constitutional carry bill has yet to even receive a hearing in the committee it’s assigned to in the House and not a single Senator has bothered to introduce a version of the bill on that side of the legislature.
Back on February 3, Florida gun owners went to the capitol to make their voices heard. We presented signed petitions to Sen. Burgess’ office, asking that he introduce a constitutional carry bill mirroring HB 103.
So far our pleas have been ignored.
Republican lawmakers constantly claim that they’re pro-gun…especially when they’re campaigning. They tell voters who ask about constitutional carry that “they tried, but the timing isn’t right yet.” As Master Yoda once said a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
It’s time for Florida to pass a constitutional carry bill.
Luis Valdes is the Florida Director for Gun Owners of America.