SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate.
The bill was under attack in Senate Community Affairs Committee and Senator Darren Soto (D-Kissimmee) succeeded in passing an amendment for the Florida Sheriffs Association to strip out essential language.
SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to take their firearms with them when they are in the act of evacuating while complying with a mandatory evacuation order under a declared state of emergency. This bill will keep law-abiding citizens from being arrested and having their firearms confiscated for taking their firearms with them when they evacuate.
The Florida Sheriffs Association, while proclaiming their support for the Second Amendment, continues to actively OPPOSE this legislation and your right to bear arms. They have continued to spread MISINFORMATION about SB-296 by Brandes and HB-209 by Fitzenhagen relating to Mandatory Evacuations under a declared State of Emergency.
The Sheriffs claim that, “The law already permits transporting securely encased firearms in motor vehicles, and it allows those with an appropriate permit to carry concealed firearms,”is not accurate.
Under current law, once a State of Emergency has been declared by a local official, it is a violation of law for any citizen to take a firearm out of his/her the home or off his/her property.