NRA Renews Assault on Property Rights

April 26, 2010

Rather than offering constructive ideas on how to create jobs and stimulate the economy, the gun lobby in Florida is once again attacking the rights of property owners across this state.  Later today, the Florida Senate will consider a good bill on agriculture, but  the gun lobby is attempting to hijack it with an amendment that will throw open the doors to prolonged litigation and uncertainty for Florida property owners.

Senator Durell Peaden (R-Crestview) has filed an amendment to SB 2074 that would attempt to undo established property rights law in Florida and circumvent the Constitution.  After the original “Guns at Work” law was partially struck down by a Federal judge in 2008, we have been expecting the gun lobby to again try to steal the rights of Florida property owners.  For more on the current state of the law, click here.  However, it’s disappointing to see their latest attack on property rights, through a last minute amendment on the final week of the legislative session.

 

Take Action Now – Send a message to your Senator, Senator Peaden and Senate President Atwater today. Let them know how you feel about this proposal that will only lead to bigger government and more lawsuits.

Florida Chamber Files Suit Against Guns at Work Bill

April 21, 2008

This afternoon, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation filed suit in federal court in Tallahassee against the “Guns At Work” legislation. We are taking this action to restore what 80 percent of Florida voters believe to be true — that a business owner should be able to decide if employees can or cannot bring guns on their property.

House Bill 503, which was signed into law April 15 by Governor Charlie Crist, violates the Takings and Substantive Due Process clauses of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and is in direct conflict with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

Together, the Florida Chamber and Florida Retail Federation are seeking the court to declare the new law unconstitutional and to enjoin the enforcement of this statute.