Friday, May 29, 2009

Governor Charlie Crist Vetoed Concealed Weapons Trust Fund Raid

Article below recycled from David M. Goldman's gun blog

This morning, Governor Charlie Crist used his veto pen to veto the $6 Million raid on the Concealed Weapons and Firearms Licensing Trust Fund sweep put in the budget by the legislature. Governor Crist deserves our profound appreciation for his veto.

The legislature intended to take $6 million from the Division of Licensing Concealed Weapons and Firearm Trust Fund that is intended, by law, to be used solely for administering the concealed weapons and firearms licensing program. That would have been a DEFACTO TAX ON GUN OWNERS.

Please Call, Fax, or Email Governor Charlie Crist and thank him for the VETO OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT TAX created by the intended sweep of $6 Million from the Division of Licensing Trust Fund.

Phone number: (850) 488-4441 or (850) 488-7146. Fax number: (850) 487-0801

Send your email to the Governor at this address:


TN: Bredesen vetoes “guns in restaurants” bill: “Gov. Phil Bredesen has used his veto against HB962, which would allow handgun carry permit holders to carry their weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol. In front of a backdrop of law enforcement officials from across the state, including Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas, Bredesen spoke of a firearms safety class he took in high school. ‘I remember from the course there was one thing that teacher drove into us day in and day out … that message was guns and alcohol do not mix,’ Bredesen said. ‘That was a common sense proposition back then, and it is every bit as true today.’ The bill would allow handgun carry permit holders to take their weapons into any restaurant that serves alcohol, unless the restaurant owner posted a sign banning the weapons from his or her business. … The veto can be overturned by the legislature with a simple majority vote, something Bredesen acknowledged could very well happen.”

CA: Poor prospects for anti-gun sheriff: “Today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times [O.C. Sheriff sticks to her guns by Dana Parsons] remarks that Sheriff Sandra Hutchens still refuses to honor or issue concealed carry permits at a time when she contemplates an election run for Sheriff. … When it comes to concealed carry permits, which is what much of the discussion is all about, California is what we call a may issue state, as opposed to a shall issue state where it is mandated that qualified applicants be granted their permit. Here, a Sheriff or Chief of Police has discretion in issuing a CCW permit, and may elect to issue it or decline to issue it even upon completed qualifications. It’s worth noting that, throughout California, many Sheriffs disagree with Hutchens’ position and issue their applicants permits when they are qualified. It’s also worth noting that it’s hard to find officials who have regrets for their cooperative policy.”

The ammo drought: "Where has all the ammo gone? That’s a common refrain these days and not just in a few places, but all across the country. The answer is simple and complicated, but it’s not part of a nefarious plot hatched up by Washington politicians. Ammo supplies got thrown out of kilter as a result of military action in Iraq and Afghanistan and several former Warsaw Pact nations transitioning to NATO caliber arms. Some sources of military surplus ammo have been drying up under a UN agreement to ‘de-militarize’ (read destroy) surplus ammo rather than let it into the open market. During the same period the costs of metals for components, particularly lead and copper, started climbing due to global demand.”

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