Florida: Firearm Age Purchase Bill Passes Subcommittee & Credit Card Protection Bill Update

On Monday, March 13, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed House Bill 1543 12 to 5 out of subcommittee. It will now go before the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 1543 lowers the minimum age to purchase a shotgun or rifle to 18. This is an important recognition that law-abiding citizens, including those who are 18-20, should not have their freedom restricted when they want to hunt, shoot recreationally, or defend themselves.

Today, March 15, Senate Bill 214, the credit card privacy bill, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Rules Committee where we expect it to pass and be sent to the Senate floor.

Yesterday, March 14, House Bill 221, the companion bill to SB 214, was referred to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources subcommittee and the House Commerce Committee.

Senate Bill 214/House Bill 221 prohibits payment settlement entities, merchant acquiring entities, and third-party settlement organizations from assigning merchant category codes or otherwise classifying merchants of firearms or ammunition separately from general merchandise or sporting goods retailers.

Keep an eye on your email as the Sportsmen’s Alliance will be monitoring these bills closely and email you when it is time to take action. Don’t forget to share this message with your family, friends, and fellow sportsmen asking them to also take action when the time comes. In the meantime, take a moment to check out our legislative map to see what issues the Sportsmen’s Alliance is also monitoring in the Sunshine State.

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