U.S. Law Shield
July 2, 2014
U.S. Law Shield
Florida Legislative Update

Dear Florida Members,

Governor Rick Scott signed five bills into law last week that increase the liberty of gun owners across the state of Florida.

Threatened Use of Force � Effective Immediately

Incorrectly referred to as the �warning shot bill,� HB-89 allows for the �threatened use of force� when an individual would be justified in using force. In other words, a person acting in lawful defense of a person, home, business, occupied vehicle, or personal property to prevent a forcible felony, can receive the same justification for their threatened use of force as they could for their use of force. For a more in-depth analysis of this bill, please click here to read U.S. Law Shield�s previous article on this topic.
Governor Rick Scott; Photo courtesy of flagov.com

Gov. Rick Scott; Photo courtesy of flagov.com

Insurance Discrimination Against Gun Owners � Effective July 1st, 2014

SB-424 modifies the Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Statute to include refusing to issue, reissue, or renew, or canceling, terminating or unfairly changing a policy based on possession or ownership of a firearm or ammunition. Basically, this means your insurance company is precluded from treating you differently than other policy holders just because you own a gun.

No Zero-Tolerance Policies for Firearm Simulation in Schools � Effective Immediately

Last year, a Maryland elementary-school student was suspended for chewing a breakfast pastry into a firearm-like shape. This inspired the so-called �Pop-tart bill,� HB-7029, which states that simulating a firearm or weapon while playing, wearing clothing which depicts a firearm or expresses an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment, are not grounds for disciplinary action or referral to the criminal or juvenile justice systems. This law, amongst other definitions for firearm simulations, specifically includes �partially consuming� a pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm. This law appears to be a win for children and pop-tart aficionados alike.

CWFL Application Process Speed Up � Effective Immediately

HB-523 allows approved tax collector offices to accept and process CWFL applications, in addition to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill also outlines the requirements for becoming a qualified tax collector. Hopefully this will allow more CWFL applications to be processed, thereby decreasing the wait time from when the application is submitted to actually receiving the license.

Privacy in Applications � Effective Immediately

HB-525 ensures that gun permit applicant information will remain private. Specifically, personal identifying information will be kept confidential, and exempt from the Florida public records requirements.
Seminar & Workshop Dates Approaching: Register Today




We wanted to invite our members to our next upcoming seminars! These events will be an excellent opportunity to hear from your firearms program attorneys and other firearms industry professionals.

West Palm Beach, FL
Dixie�s Shooting Class is co-sponsoring a U.S. Law Shield workshop on July 12th. There will be a session starting at 10 a.m. and another at 2:30 p.m. Swing by and hear from one of your program attorneys; and don�t forget to bring a friend! To register just give Dixie a shout at: [email protected].

Lady Lake, FL
And don't forget about our firearms law seminar on Saturday August 2, 2014! Come out from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake to hear about firearms law every gun owner should know. As always we encourage you to bring your friends and let them know about the event.

You can also find a full list of upcoming events on our website, www.GunLawSeminar.com. We hope to see you soon!
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