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Fla. Wants Feds to Keep Hands Off Guns

March 29, 2013

Republican state lawmakers want the federal government to leave the public's guns alone, and they're moving legislation to formally make that request.

A House Judiciary Committee passed legislation, called a memorial, Thursday titled the "Right to Keep and Bear Arms." It moved through the committee on a 12-6 party-line vote.

The memorial says it "hereby notifies the Congress and the president that it intends to lawfully use all of its authority and power to resist or overturn any federal gun control measure that violates the right of the people of this state to keep and bear arms."

The memorial (HM 545) has cleared two committees and now heads to the House floor. It has 57 co-sponsors including Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna,Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

If passed, copies of the memorial would be sent to the president, president of the U.S. Senate, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and each member of Florida's congressional delegation.

The memorial has no companion legislation in the state Senate.

Source: (c)2013 The News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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