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Editor’s note: This just in from NRA:

Alert!  PART 1 – 2021 Legislative Session Wrap-Up – 3 Pro-gun Bills Pass

DATE:  July 12, 2021

TO:      USF & NRA Members and Friends

FROM: Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President

HB-259, The Church Carry bill passed both the House and Senate and has now been signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.  It took effect immediately.

This bill authorizes persons who have concealed weapons or firearms licenses to carry firearms on property of churches, synagogues, or any other religious institutions, unless specifically prohibited to do so by the church, synagogue, religious institution or other property owner.

This bill would not have passed without the hard work of Rep. Jayer Williamson (R), Rep. Cord Byrd (R) and Sen. Joe Gruters (R).

The House bill was sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson (R) and Rep. Cord Byrd (R) and Co-Sponsored by the following: (all Republicans) Alex Andrade (R), Melony Bell(R), Mike Beltran (R), Chuck Brannan III (R), Nick DiCeglie (R), Wyman Duggan (R), Juan Fernandez-Barquin (R), Elizabeth Fetterhoff (R), Randy Fine (R), Jason Fischer (R), Erin Grall (R), Tommy Gregory (R), Joe Harding (R), Fred Hawkins (R), Blaise Ingoglia (R), Tom Leek (R), Randy Maggard (R), Patt Maney (R), Ralph Massullo, Jr. (R), Stan McClain (R), Toby Overdorf (R), Bobby Payne (R), Spencer Roach (R), Will Robinson (R), Bob Rommel (R), Rick Roth (R), Anthony Sabatini (R), Michelle Salzman (R), Jason Shoaf (R), Tyler Sirois (R), David Smith (R), John Snyder (R), and Clay Yarborough (R).

The Senate companion bill was sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters (R) and Co-Sponsored by the following: CoSponsors:  Ben Albritton (R), Dennis Baxley (R), Jennifer Bradley (R), Jeff Brandes (R), Doug Broxson (R), Travis Hutson (R), Ray Rodrigues (R), Ana Maria Rodriguez (R), Senate President Wilton Simpson (R)

View the bill here.

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SB-1884, the Preemption Enforcement bill passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. It takes effect July 1, 2021.

This bill stops anti-gun governments and subdivisions of government from scamming plaintiffs out of attorney fees in lawsuits brought due to the entity’s violation of state law.

This bill would not have passed without the hard work of Rep. Cord Byrd (R) and Sen. Ray Rodrigues (R).

The Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Ray Rodrigues (R)

The House bill was Sponsored by Rep. Cord Byrd (R) and Co-Sponsored by Representatives: MIke Beltran (R), Brad Drake (R), Jason Fischer (R), Mike Giallombardo (R), Joe Harding (R), Randy Maggard (R), Ralph Massullo, Jr. (R), Stan McClain (R), Lauren Melo (R), Anthony Sabatini (R), Michelle Salzman (R), Clay Yarborough (R).

View the bill here.

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HB-1301 – Memorial Resolution titled “Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States” by Reps. Jason Shoaf (R) and Cord Byrd (R)

This Memorial Resolution expresses the consensus of the Florida Legislature that President Joe Biden’s proposals to restrict the right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding citizens violates the Constitution; provides Florida Legislature, on behalf of the residents of this state, intends to use all of its lawful authority and power to resist or overturn any federal gun-control measure that violates the right of Florida residents to keep and bear arms.

This bill would not have passed without the hard work of  Rep. Jason Shoaf (R) and Rep. Cord Byrd (R).

The Memorial was Co-Sponsored by:   Alex Andrade (R), Webster Barnaby (R), Mike Beltran (R), Chuck Brannan III (R), Elizabeth Fetterhoff (R), Randy Fine (R), Jason Fischer (R), Mike Giallombardo (R), Tommy Gregory (R), Joe Harding (R), Fred Hawkins (R), Patt Maney (R), Ralph Massullo, Jr. (R), Lauren Melo (R), Toby Overdorf (R), Alex Rizo (R), Will Robinson (R), Anthony Sabatini (R), Michelle Salzman (R), Tyler Sirois (R), David Smith (R), Kaylee Tuck (R), Clay Yarborough (R).

This Memorial Resolution expresses the consensus of the Florida Legislature that President Joe Biden’s proposals to restrict the right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding citizens violates the Constitution; provides Florida Legislature, on behalf of the residents of this state, intends to use all of its lawful authority and power to resist or overturn any federal gun-control measure that violates the right of Florida residents to keep and bear arms.

This Memorial does not require the Governor’s signature.

View the Memorial bill here.

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