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LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON SB-1156 - Shooting Ranges

DATE: January 22, 2004

TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends

FROM: Marion P. Hammer
Unified Sportsmen of Florida Executive Director
NRA Past President

SUBJECT: LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON SB-1156 - Shooting Ranges

Senator Durell Peaden's bill, SB-1156, to stop the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and any other agency and other political subdivision from using its power impose backdoor gun control by shutting down private and public shooting ranges all over this state WAS TEMPORARILY DELAYED AND DID NOT COME UP FOR A HEARING in the Senate Comprehensive Planning Committee on Tuesday 1/20/04 as scheduled.

NRA and USF SUPPORT THIS BILL and THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP !!!!!!

We are disappointed that the bill did not get heard. The bill is now rescheduled to be heard when the Senate comes back to Tallahassee for meetings in early February. At that time we will again need your help contacting members of the committee.

BACKGROUND:

This bill will stop anti-gun individuals "embedded" in government agencies (from previous anti-gun governors and administrations) from filing law-suits to shut down ranges.

This bill will stop government agencies from forcefully taking ranges, under eminent domain, from range owners and then turning around and suing them to make them remove all projectiles from the land.

This bill will stop government agencies from using a seeming bottomless pit of tax payer dollars to sue ranges and force them into bankruptcy.

It is in the public interest that firearms owners have a place to shoot and practice gun safety. This bill will insure public safety by protecting ranges from overzealous anti-gun officials.

This bill will insure that citizens who want to exercise their right of lawful self-defense have a place to train so they can provide the mandated documentation the state requires for licenses to carry concealed firearms.

This bill will insure that citizens who want to engage in the American tradition of hunting have a place to train so they can provide the mandated hunter safety training the state requires for hunting licenses.

Projectiles are integral to sport shooting and training range activity and to the ownership and use of firearms. Over years of operation, projectiles have accumulated in the environment at many ranges...but despite so-called "studies" by anti-gun environmentalists, many believe there is no indisputable or incontrovertible evidence that projectile accumulation at sport shooting and training ranges poses a threat to the environment or to human health.

IF RANGES ARE CLOSED, YOU WON'T HAVE A PLACE TO SHOOT. IF YOU CAN'T SHOOT THEY'LL SAY YOU HAVE NO REASON TO OWN A GUN.
 
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