House leaders show cards on guns-to-work
The guns-to-work (aka guns in your car) bill is one of the most challenging issues facing Republicans this session, splitting loyalties between the gun lobby and the business community.
But it's clear now that House leadership has sided with the NRA and wants rank-and-file members to do so as well. This afternoon, House Majority Leader Adam Hasner sent an e-mail (see the jump) to all Republicans casting the bill in a favorable light. He does not explicitly urge support but attached pre-written reply members can send to the public.
"In addition to requiring a concealed weapon permit, the legislation offers other protections," it reads. "The revised HB 503 requires that all firearms be locked inside vehicles, so that individuals may not bring their weapon into a place of business. It also provides prohibitions for places such as schools and correctional institutions. These common sense exemptions help strengthen the bill."
From: House Majority Office
To: !HSE Republicans - Staff & Members
Sent: Wed Mar 19 14:53:33 2008
Subject: ***E-REPLY- GUNS IN YOUR CAR***
You likely have been receiving emails regarding the Guns In Your Car Bill passed out of council last week. As you know, the legislation differs significantly this year and requires individuals to hold a concealed weapon permit if they wish to carry their weapon with them to and from work. Below and attached is a suggested e-reply on the topic.
If you have any questions, or if there is anything with which the Majority Office can assist you, please contact us.
Florida House of Representatives