As one of your constituents and supporters during the last election, I voted for you to be the representative of my voice and concerns for the governance of our state. I am part of that wide margin of District 3 residents, found by the recent Open Market Research survey, who are in favor of SB234. Please listen to our concerns, and support this measure for lawful unrestricted open carry for Florida carry licensees.
The number of people who will open carry in general will be small, but many of us, like you, are avid outdoors enthusiasts, who enjoy not only fishing and hunting, but hiking, kayaking, sailing, cycling, and four-wheeling, instances of rural activities where participants would be both safer and more comfortable having the option to keep a handgun openly holstered, and which would cause no public outcry or concern.
More than 40 other states allow some form of open carry, many even without licensing, and Florida has a very high percentage of lawfully carrying, licensed civilians, who have been statistically and factually proven to be one of the most law-abiding demographics nationwide, in many places on par with law enforcement officials themselves.
We are already some of the most discrete and polite individuals in our society, and our discretion will not wane, whether we individually choose to carry concealed or openly.
As a student, I also support campus carry, but being at a private university, I know my campus will maintain its institutional prohibitions regardless of state law changes, so it will affect me little, if at all, whether campus carry passes or not. Nonetheless I support it, as the gun-free status of campuses has definitely proven ineffective at preventing violent crimes committed by criminals who pay no more heed to this prohibition than they do to the lives of the students, faculty, and staff of the institutions they assault.
Please, support unrestricted licensed open carry. Please, support campus carry. These measures will not be moving our state backward to the wild west as opponents sometimes claim, they will only be catching us up to the many states that already allow open carry, and put us in the lead with the few that allow campus carry, which have seen drastic reductions in violent crime on their campuses since legalizing campus carry.