Florida Take Your Gun to Work Vote in 2008

In 2008 the Florida Legislature passed the infamous “Take Your Gun to Work” legislation which was signed by Governor Charlie Crist. While most of the votes were party line thanks to the growing NRA control over the Florida Legislature a few members on both sides crossed over. Just 14 years earlier several Republicans from Florida had supported Bill Clinton’s Assault Weapons Ban  but by 2008 the NRA had complete control over Florida Republicans. In the 1994 vote (and the 1993 Brady Law vote which the Times did not run,) several Republicans from urban areas like E. Clay Shaw of Fort Lauderdale, Bill Young of Pinellas County, Dan Miller of Sarasota and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami voted to ban assault weapons against the wishes of their party leadership and the NRA. At the same time, Democrats still held several rural oriented seats throughout the south including three in Florida: All three of those representatives voted against the Assault Weapons Ban.

Pinellas County Republicans have  had a strong tradition of supporting gun control legislation. On the below vote, Reps. Jim Frishe, and Ed Hooper both voted no on this bill. Interestingly, Rep,. Darren Soto a Democrat who represents an urbanized area in central Florida voted for the legislation. With these exceptions and a few others these were basically straight party line votes in both chambers, further evidence of the base politics of our generation.

Full votes are below.



H503     GENERAL BILL/CS/1ST ENG by Environment & Natural Resources Council;
  Evers; (CO-SPONSORS) Harrell; Kreegel; Needelman  (Similar CS/S 1130)
  Right to Keep & Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles [LPCC]; Creates
  "Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor
  Vehicles Act of 2008"; prohibits public or private employer from
  prohibiting customer, employee, or invitee from possessing any legally
  owned firearm that is lawfully possessed & locked inside or locked to
  private motor vehicle in parking lot; prohibits such entities from
  violating Number ....: CSHB 503                                      Date: 4/9/2008

Amendment Number: Time: 09:48AM

Reading Number .: 3 Roll Call: 5

Floor Actions ..:

Yeas – 26 Nays – 13 Not Voting – 1

VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER

_ Y Alexander _ Y Fasano _ Y Peaden

_ N Aronberg _ Y Gaetz _ EX Posey

_ Y Atwater _ Y Garcia _ Y Pruitt

_ Y Baker _ N Geller _ N Rich

_ Y Bennett _ Y Haridopolos _ N Ring

_ N Bullard _ N Hill _ Y Saunders

_ Y Carlton _ Y Jones _ N Siplin

_ Y Constantine _ N Joyner _ Y Storms

_ Y Crist _ N Justice _ Y Villalobos

_ Y Dawson _ Y King _ Y Webster

_ Y Dean _ N Lawson _ N Wilson

_ N Deutch _ Y Lynn _ Y Wise

_ Y Diaz de la Portilla _ N Margolis

_ Y Dockery _ Y Oelrich
Presiding: Justice President: Ken Pruitt
‘VA’=Vote After Roll Call ‘VO’=Chamber Vote

Votes Recorded:

April 24, 2008: Yea–Posey

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Bill Number ….: CS/HB 503

Date:

03/26/2008
Amendment Number:

Time:

14:52 PM

Reading Number .: 3

Session Sequence No:

630
Floor Actions ..: Passage
Yeas – 72 Nays – 42 Not Voting – 6
Member

Y

Adams

Y

Altman

Y

Ambler

Y

Anderson

Y

Attkisson

Y

Aubuchon

N

Ausley

Y

Bean

N

Bendross-Mindingall

Y

Bogdanoff

Y

Bowen

Y

Boyd

N

Brandenburg

N

Braynon

N

Brisé

Y

Brown

N

Bucher

N

Bullard

Y

Cannon

Y

Carroll

N

Chestnut

Y

Coley

Y

Cretul

Y

Culp

N

Cusack

Davis, D.

Y

Domino

Y

Dorworth

Y

Evers

N

Fields

N

Fitzgerald

Y

Flores

Y

Ford

N

Frishe

Y

Galvano

N

Garcia, L.

Y

Garcia, R.

Y

Gardiner

Gelber

N

Gibbons
Member

N

Gibson, A.

Y

Gibson, H.

Glorioso

Y

Gonzalez

Y

Grant

Grimsley

Y

Harrell

Y

Hasner

Y

Hays

N

Heller

Y

Holder

Y

Homan

N

Hooper

Y

Hudson

Y

Hukill

N

Jenne

Y

Jordan

Y

Kelly

Y

Kendrick

N

Kiar

Y

Kravitz

Y

Kreegel

N

Kriseman

Y

Legg

Y

Llorente

N

Long

Y

Lopez-Cantera

N

Machek

Y

Mayfield

Y

McBurney

Y

McKeel

N

Meadows

Y

Murzin

Y

Needelman

Y

Nehr

Y

Nelson

Y

Patronis

Y

Patterson

Pickens

N

Planas
Member

Y

Poppell

N

Porth

Y

Precourt

Y

Proctor

N

Randolph

Y

Reagan

N

Reed

N

Richardson

Y

Richter

Y

Rivera

Y

Robaina

N

Roberson

N

Ross

CH

Rubio

N

Sachs

N

Sands

Y

Sansom

Y

Sasso

Y

Saunders

Y

Schenck

Y

Schultz

N

Schwartz

N

Scionti

N

Seiler

Y

Simmons

N

Skidmore

Y

Snyder

Y

Soto

N

Taylor

N

Thompson, G.

Y

Thompson, N.

N

Thurston

Y

Traviesa

N

Troutman

N

Vana

N

Waldman

Y

Weatherford

Y

Williams

Y

Zapata

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4 thoughts on “Florida Take Your Gun to Work Vote in 2008

  1. Most of you have been reading about what has happened in Conn. You have read about the democrats wanting to address gun control. People from around the world have voiced their opinions and have given support to the victems families.

    The question that I have is this. Where are the republican leadership such as Boehner and other rank and file congressmen like Vern Buchanan. It seems that tax breaks for the rich is more important that protecting our young. I have read no stories about House republicans have supported the victems and their families. I have read no stories from them supporting gun control.

    I guess the money they receive from the gun lobby is more important that what has happened recently across the nation. Every house and person should own a automatic assault rifle. A hand gun is not enough. Since when is money from the gun lobby and assault rifles more important than our children.

    Duane overholt
    Consumer Advocate

  2. Disgraceful vote. And I agree with Duane…where is Boehner and Buchanan et al in this time after a great tragedy????

  3. Agree with Duane but the reality is both Ds and Rs have voted for more access to guns. From Crist bring your gun to work to open access where this site screams liberal…crazy pot guy Clemens voted for it last year. My hope is that both parties wake up and find common sense solutions when dealing with this issue. Good luck with that!

  4. Pingback: NRA Control of Florida Legislature Continues: Democrats Complicit « The Political Hurricane – Florida Political Blog.

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