Caution in Florida: A Notice to Vistors and Residents

Posted on October 31, 2005 by Sara Hickman. | Comments Off on Caution in Florida: A Notice to Vistors and Residents

This is an important message from the Million Mom March.

October is here and the scariest thing is not Halloween, but the “Shoot First” law that has taken effect in Florida.

The law, which is the handiwork of the NRA, allows citizens to use deadly force in public places as a first resort to counter perceived threats. The law, which is being marketed by the NRA as allowing people to protect themselves, is so overly broad and expansive that everyday occurrences such as road rage incidents or a fistfight in a bar during spring break could have deadly consequences for the people involved as well as innocent bystanders.

By allowing the use of deadly force as a first resort, the law has removed the time-honored duty of citizens to walk away, call the police, or find a safe refuge. Finally, innocent bystanders and their families have no civil recourse against the shooter if they are injured or killed in the crossfire even if the shooter initiated the confrontation and fired recklessly on a crowded street. Learn more about this dangerous law at

The NRA, with its usual arrogance, has announced plans to bring this law to all 50 states.

The Brady Campaign and its network of Million Mom March Chapters have launched an aggressive campaign to educate tourists and others who may be considering traveling to Florida, about this law. We have placed ads, created billboards, and are leafleting tourists arriving in Florida with flyers urging them to be careful.

View the ad:
View the flyer:

For the safety of all Floridians and unsuspecting tourists, this law must be changed. This is where you come in. We need you to:

1. Call Governor Bush at (850) 488-4441. Tell him to “Make Florida safe again: repeal the Shoot First law.”

2. Go to and sign our petition to help keep this law out of your state.

3. Send this email to your Chapter members, and your family and friends, especially if they are thinking about visiting Florida: .

4. Click here to donate $25 to help us run ads in travel sections of newspapers around the world:

We must work together to get this law repealed in Florida, and to make sure this law doesn’t come to your state next.


Million Mom March Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

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