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NRA Locked and Loaded for the Legislative Session

November 10th, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

The top two legislative priorities of the NRA this past year, campus carry and open carry were stopped by one lone State Senator, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the political roadblock was removed when eh Senator did not win re-election.

Allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry on college campuses, and allowing open carry so police aren’t arresting someone when their weapon is inadvertently exposed,  both died this year, in large part of State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla. The then Senate Judiciary Chairman refused to hear the bills, even though Open carry sponsor Don Gaetz says Portilla had promised to give the bill a hearing.

“Three times he said he would hear the bill, three times  he failed to hear the bill. He didn’t tell the truth, he mislead us” said Gaetz by phone.

Diaz de la Portilla lost his Senate race to a Democrat who also opposes open and campus carry, but still the NRA calls it a victory.

Q:”His views are no different” we asked. Marion Hammer Responded “At least he’s honest about his views and he’s honest about what he would do.”

The NRA is already looking forward to next year. House and Senate pro gun legislators won in the primary and general election, including pro gun House members who moved to the Senate.

Top on the NRA’s agenda, open carry and campus carry.

“So when you can elect proven second amendment supports to office in the Senate, you help yourself, you help gun owners” says Hammer.

The legislation is expected to face fewer roadblocks after the NRA flexed its muscles this election.

The NRA says it is also cautiously optimistic of Donald Trump’s election, because while he has said he will defend second amendment rights, he is yet to be proven. carrion Hammer says she knows a Hillary victory would have seen efforts at gun control.

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