This is the person blocking Open Carry in Florida

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

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I am not an expert. I don’t know one end of a gun from another.”

That’s a direct quote from the mouth of Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo just after moments after Governor DeSantis delivered his budget speech last week, after being asked why the Permitless Carry bills in the legislature do NOT include legalizing open carry.

Passidomo ADMITS that she doesn’t know anything about firearms, but then somehow infers that she knows enough to keep Janet Reno’s open carry ban in place!

(In case you missed our last email, then-Dade County State Attorney Janet Reno – THAT Janet Reno – lobbied successfully to outlaw open carry during the battle over Shall-Issue law in 1987)

Constitutional Carry means that we can keep and bear arms by carrying our firearms however we choose to do so and in whatever way works best for us.

That’s why this Permitless Carry bill is NOT REAL Constitutional Carry like Passidomo, the politicians, and other ‘pro-gun’ groups in our state want you to believe!

Passidomo blabbed on some more, spouting about how she ‘trusts the experts.’

By experts, she is referring to the Florida Sheriffs’ Association, which long ago became a completely corrupted, politicized special interest group controlled by anti-gun sheriffs from the big metro areas around the state!

And these are the same sheriffs who despise our gun rights and want nobody to have guns but them!

The fact is, whether Kathleen wants to admit it or not, when it comes to Constitutional issues, FGO members are the REAL experts!

Keep in mind, these are the same sheriffs who are happily enforcing Florida’s unconstitutional Red Flag law, which Congressman Matt Gaetz documented has been used over seven THOUSAND times already since it passed in 2018!

But make no mistake about it, the Florida Sheriff’s Association doesn’t really represent the brothers and sisters in blue on the street, the real heroes on the front line in the fight against crime – Florida Gun Owners does.

You see, Florida Gun Owners is proud as hell to have cops and deputies from jurisdictions all around the state who joined because they love our gun rights and dang sure want them protected in Tallahassee.

These guys and gals on the frontlines know that gun owners who want to open carry their firearms are not the kinds of folks that are a threat to them – just the opposite!

In case you didn’t know, Illinois, New York, most of California and Florida are the only states in America to outlaw open carry – ALL of the rest of the Republican states have legalized it in some fashion.

And how dumb is it for someone to say that having a concealed firearm is less dangerous to our police than open carrying??

The fact is, it’s long past the time for compromising with the Radical Left, and that’s exactly what not including Open Carry in the Permitless Carry bill is all about.

That’s why I’m urging you to contact Senate President Kathleen Passidomo directly and demand that she stop blocking Open Carry and demand that she put it back into the Permitless Carry bill immediately!

Here’s her number: (239) 250-1642

You can call her personally, send her a text message or leave her a voicemail (if her inbox doesn’t fill up too quickly).

(Note: Please feel free to save her name and number in your phone as well as share this information with everyone you know.)

When you get her on the phone, don’t let her lie to you, because sometimes politicians like to do that.

Be prepared for her to say things like: 

“Now isn’t the right time,” “this is highly inappropriate for a constituent to be contacting their elected representation like this,” or my favorite, “you should be grateful that we are even doing Permitless Carry!”

Don’t let her get away with that kind of nonsense.

Please politely tell her that you are sick and tired of her silly excuses, that she was elected to fight for gun owners and not special interest gun-control groups, and to put Open Carry back into the bill!

Either one of the Permitless Carry bills, House Bill 543 or Senate Bill 150, could be up for a vote in the House or Senate very soon.

That’s why I’m asking you to take action today.

With the size of the Republican majorities in Tallahassee, and with Governor DeSantis in full support of Open Carry, now is not the time to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Politicians like Passidomo want you to believe you work for them and not the other way around, so please get in touch with her right away! (239) 250-1642

When you are finished calling or texting her, please help us get even more gun owners mobilized in this fight to take action alongside us with a chip-in contribution of $25 or $17.76 so we can reach more pro-gun Floridians like you.


For Florida,

Chris Dorr, Director
Florida Gun Owners


1 Comment

  1. Rudy Mannari

    Open carry is far more of a crime deterrent than conceal cary.


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