Fred is Pro Second Amendment

This is Fred Costello and I think you need to know the REAL facts about

my pro-Second Amendment voting record.

You need to know that I earned an "A" rating from the NRA

based on my strong Second Amendment voting record

in the Florida State Legislature. 

The NRA sent out a notice last week that looked like this:

 

 

 

You may have read that the NRA later changed its "A" rating to a question mark. 

That happened after someone presented the NRA with a video from a candidate forum in which I had expressed overall support for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Bill signed into law by our next US Senator, Governor Rick Scott. Even though I have expressed reservations about some of the provisions including the age of purchase and waiting period, that one comment prompted a ? from the NRA.   Governor Scott who signed the bill still has an "A+" rating from the NRA.

The Law enhances the safety of every Florida student by tightening security at every Florida school; it calls for the hiring of trained school guardians and or the training of some school personnel to carry arms for security. It provides for tighter screenings at schools including secured entrances and it calls for better mental health screenings and the sharing of critical information about people who may pose an imminent threat to innocent victims.  The NRA strongly objects to provisions that raise the age for purchase of long arms to 21, and a three-day waiting period for purchase.

I understand the NRA concerns.  I am a life member of the NRA.  I have a question mark of my own: How could the NRA disregard my pro-Second Amendment record based solely upon a comment?  My opponents have "AQ" ratings because they don't have a record.  I do..  

The Unified Sportsmen of Florida organization has rated me "Strong Pro Gun"

Here is my REAL record: 

2011 LEGISLATIVE SESSION:

FRED VOTED YES ON CS/CS/SB 234-FIREARMS LAW

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, ENACTED INTO LAW)

The law provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm is not in violation of law if the firearm is briefly and openly displayed under certain circumstances.  Provides that concealed carry licensees shall not be prohibited from carrying or storing a firearm in a vehicle for lawful purposes, etc. 

2012 LEGISLATIVE SESSION:

FRED VOTED YES ON CS/HB 463 - WEAPONS OR FIREARMS. 

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, ENACTED INTO LAW)

Provides that otherwise qualified members & veterans of U.S. Armed Forces be issued concealed weapon or firearm license regardless of age in certain circumstances; provides additional methods for taking of fingerprints from such license applicants; provides that members & veterans of U.S. Armed Forces be granted reciprocity regardless of age; prohibits reckless or negligent discharge of firearm in certain locations; provides criminal penalties.

FRED VOTED YES ON HB 5601 - LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON OR FIREARM

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, ENACTED INTO LAW)

Reduces specified nonrefundable license fees for license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm.

FRED VOTED YES ON CS/CS/HB 947 - POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE DURING THE COMMISSION OF AN OFFENSE.

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, ENACTED INTO LAW)

Provides that exception to 10-year minimum term for person convicted of certain offenses during which person actually possessed firearm or destructive device does not to apply to offenders convicted for possession of firearm by felon who have certain prior convictions & actually possessed firearm or destructive device during commission of prior felony.

2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

FRED CO-SPONSORED CS/HB 19- SCHOOL SAFETY

(DIED IN COMMITTEE)

Permits school superintendent, with approval of the school board, to authorize school safety designee to carry concealed weapon or firearm on school property; provides requirements for school safety designee; provides exception to prohibition on possession of firearms or other specified devices on school property or other specified areas; provides for fingerprint processing & retention; requires that fees be borne by school safety designee or school; requires school boards to formulate policies and procedures for dealing with active shooters & hostage situations in consultation with law enforcement; requires district school boards & private schools allow campus tours by local law enforcement agencies for specified purposes & that their recommendations be documented; permits district school boards to commission one or more school safety officers on each school campus.

(Although this bill on which Fred was a main co-sponsor died in committee in 2015, it was brought back in the 2018 Legislative session as part of HB7026, included in the Guardian Program.)

FRED VOTED YES ON CS/CS/SB 290 - CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON OR A CONCEALED FIREARM

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, ENACTED INTO LAW)

Providing an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when evacuating pursuant to a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency, etc.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

FRED VOTED YES ON HB 4001 - LICENSES TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS OR FIREARMS ON CAMPUS

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, DIED IN SENATE)

Removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.

FRED VOTED YES ON CS/CS/CS/HB 163 - WEAPONS AND FIREARMS OPEN CARRY

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, DIED IN SENATE)

Providing that certain persons and public entities that infringe on specified rights of an individual may be subject to liability under specified provisions and have no immunity; providing that an employer may direct an employee regarding weapons; specifying that a law enforcement officer may arrest a person for the unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon only upon reasonable suspicion or probable cause that such a violation is being committed; providing that certain legislators may carry a concealed weapon or firearm in meetings of the Legislature, etc.

FRED VOTED YES ON CS/CS/SB 772 - REGULATED SERVICE PROVIDERS

(PASSED FLORIDA HOUSE, ENACTED INTO LAW)

Revising the composition of the Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers; requiring the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to waive the initial registration fee for an intrastate mover for certain veterans, the spouses of such veterans, or certain business entities that have majority ownership held by such veterans or spouses; exempting water-related amusement rides operated by lodging and food service establishments and membership campgrounds amusement rides at private, membership only facilities, and nonprofit permanent facilities from certain safety standards; authorizing certain tax collector offices, upon approval and confirmation of license issuance by the department, to print and deliver concealed weapon or firearm license, etc.

I am 100% behind the 2nd Amendment and will do nothing to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

I am the only authentic local CD6 candidate you can trust to stand with President Trump.  My opponents don't live in our District. Mike Waltz has never voted in Florida.

It's time we had a Congressman who actually represents US.  I ask for your vote by mail, at early voting or on August 28.

Thank you and God bless America!

 


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