CWL NEWS




HB 935 Relating to Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licensees

December 14, 2015
Pompano Beach Democratic Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed filed a bill Friday that would change some of the rules on concealed weapons permits in Florida.

HB 935 would require concealed weapons permit holders to tell first responders they have a concealed weapon and present their license and identification. Current law doesn’t require permit holders to tell police they are carrying a weapon. The bill would also increase the fine for not carrying the license from $25 to $1,000. To continue reading follow this link.

CWL holders not likely a violent criminal per Texas study

January 11,2016

Texas recently passed open carry for their concealed weapons license holders and supporters of the law have argued that CWL holders are less likely to commit violent crimes.

A recent study by the Dayton News of Dayton Texas has come to the conclusion that this claim is true. The study found the of 50,869 convictions of individuals age 21 or over that committed violent crimes in Texas in 2013, only 158 convicted individuals — or 0.3106 percent — held a concealed handgun license.


Florida open carry bill stoped

February 19, 2016
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Miguel Diaz de la Portilla has stated that he will not allow the open carry bill to be heard by the committee he chairs.

This is not the first time Mr. de la Portilla has chosen to not hear a gun bill. He refused to hear the campus carry bill earlier this year effectively stopping it from becoming law. This will prevent this bill and the open carry bill from being heard until 2017. For more on this follow this link to the full story.
 

Florida open carry HB-163 update

January 28, 2016
The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-12 in favor of open carry in Florida. There is the stipulation that the firearm be holstered and not stuck in the waistband. Firearms in purses and other bags awould be considered holstered.The amendment limited open carry to handguns only and is supported by the National Rifle association.
 
Next is a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where chair Miguel Diaz de la Portilla R-Miami effectively killed a bill to allow concealed carry on college campuses by individuals that are not students, employees and faculity. However, he has said he is more open to open carry and will schedule a hearing within weeks. State by state open carry map.

Florida open carry bill moving forward

November 19, 2015
The vote on HB-163 to allow open carry squeaked through the Florida House Justice Appropriations Committee with a vote of 7 for and 6 against sending the bill to it's final stop, the Judiciary Committee. It is likely to pass there as well since this committee is dominated by the republicans.

According to a 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Crime Statistics, states that allow open carry relative to those who do not have a 5% lower murder rate, 23% less violent crime and a robbery rate that is 36% less. As soon as the Judiciary Committee votes we will post the results.

Florida to hear bill allowing open carry

On November 18, 2015 @ 1:30 pm
The Florida House Justice Appropriations Committe will address HB-163 a bill introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz which will allow people with a concealed weapon-firearm license to choose to carry either concealed or open. It's purpose is to prevent a CWL holder from being charged with the crime of violating the open carry law because a concealed firearm being legally carried should accidently or inadvertently bec...ome visible to the sight of another person.

There are those that also believe that open carry is a deterrent to crime. If an individual was going to rob a store and saw the clerk wearing a gun, the couple at the counter both packing and a few other customers also carrying firearms it is highly unlikely that the individual would proceed. Check back with us as we will post future updates on this bill

UBER driver with concealed weapon license stops mass shooting

April 21, 2015

This past Friday, an Uber driver with a permitted concealed handgun stopped what likely would have been a mass public shooting. 

Police arrived on the scene quickly, but the Uber driver had still already taken care of the situation before they arrived.
Read more here

Video Shows What Happened When 3 Thugs Tried to Rob A Store But Faced A Concealed Carrying Man

06/07/2015

Check out this video posted by Iowa gun owners of a concealed carrying man who stops an armed robbery in progress – saving his life as well as others in the store!

CAUTION: THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
Attempted Robbery At Georgia Waffle House Stopped By Men With Concealed Carry Permit

10/10/2015
Security guard Evans Chad Pollard prevented the robbery and possibly saved lives during the early morning crime. An off duty police officer in the restaurant at the time was reportedly unable to get to his gun in time, but Pollard was able to reach his and fired off two rounds, hitting the would be robber.
Read more here.
Virginia Revokes Concealed Carry Permit Agreement With 25 States
 
December 23, 2015
Concealed handgun permits held by residents of 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, the state's attorney general said Tuesday, drawing swift criticism from GOP lawmakers.

Unfortunately this includes reciprocity with Florida concealed weapons license holders. The new agreement will take effective as of February 1 2016. Read more here.  
Victory: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe To Restore Reciprocity Agreements

February 1. 2016

In reference to the previous news post concerning revocation of reciprocity with 25 states by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Now Virginia Governor Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce tomorrow that he will restore those agreements.  

The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) severed the right for gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia. Read more here.
Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Expands Concealed Weapon License Partnership to 19 County Tax Collectors

November 4, 2015
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The state of Florida has expanded the locations where one can apply for or renew their State of Florida concealed weapons license. There are now a total of 27 locations available for this service including the 8 Division of Licensing locations.

A total of 19 tax collectors are now participating in both the application and renewal process for concealed weapon licenses.
 Read more here.