For Immediate Release 2017-01-23
Libertarian Party of Florida
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Libertarian Party of Florida Supports Open Carry Bill
Bradenton, Fla — The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) has officially endorsed an open carry bill circulating around the Florida Legislature. SB 140, HB 6001, and HB 6005 all similarly would expand the permitted conditions of a Florida concealed carry license to include open carry of a handgun where concealed carry is permitted. Specifically, the LPF officially endorsed SB 140 and the bill is awaiting passage through the Florida Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
Today, Char-Lez Braden, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, said, “If we trust some individuals with a concealed gun, how can we not trust them with a gun everyone can see? This is a step in the right direction.”
The LPF holds that law enforcement cannot guarantee individual safety and self protection is a personal responsibility. “All individuals have the right to defend themselves and to possess the means to do so, as guaranteed by both the federal and state Constitutions.” For example, the average response times for the City of Miami are from 7½ minutes to well over 18 minutes, which is time victims could use to defend themselves.
A 2012 US News & World Report article found that open carry deters crime where implemented. In that article is stated, “A 1985 Department of Justice survey of incarcerated felons reported that 57 percent of the felons polled agreed that ‘criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.’
Larry Pratt in USNews.com reports that, “Researcher Gary Kleck found that 92 percent of criminal attacks are deterred when a gun is merely shown (or, rarely, a warning shot fired). By inference, this means that open carry would have the effect of deterring crime in the same way that a thief might choose another restaurant when he sees police eating at his intended target.”
You may view the full LRC Commentary here.
About the Libertarian Party of Florida: The Libertarian Party of Florida values human life and the right of all people to live in peace. All members of the LPF are required to declare “I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals” thus putting the LPF far out in front of any other party’s commitment to nonviolent political action.