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copy of my letter to Gov. Crist:
April 12 2009
Office of the Governor
Tallahassee, FL 32399-000
Honorable Governor Crist,
It has come to my attention that our Florida Legislature has absconded with $6 MILLION from the Division of Licensing Concealed Weapons and Firearm Trust Fund that is intended, by law, to be used solely for administering the concealed weapons and firearms licensing program. Money in the concealed weapons trust fund came from gun owners. No money to administer and run the concealed weapons and firearms licensing program has ever come from general revenue, or any other state fund or revenue source. The taking of these gun owner user fees is an unauthorized tax on the exercise of the Second Amendment. These funds are NOT intended as “working capital for the 2010-2012 legislative terms”; they are for the Division of Licensing.
Currently, it is taking 13-14 weeks to process a "perfect" application once it has been opened. That is an unequivocal violation of the law that requires issuance or denial of a license by a specific time -- a violation of law that legislative leaders are condoning by their actions. THE LAW REQUIRES THE DIVISION OF LICENSING TO ISSUE A LICENSE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATION -- or deny the license "for cause", based upon the criteria set forth in the law. Theft of operating funds by the Legislature is not "just cause" for failure to issue licenses or renewals within 90 days. While applications sit gathering dust, legislative leaders took $6 million of approximately $8 million held in the trust fund. That $6 million is supposed to be used to pay employees, buy upgraded equipment, upgrade or replace computers or software and to otherwise administer the concealed weapons and firearms licensing program.
They didn't take that money for education. They didn't take that money for health care. They didn't take that money to save jobs. They didn't take that money to avoid pay cuts, or budget cuts -- they took the money to help build their own fund.
Please realize this is theft, plain and simple. If you condone such behavior it can only hurt your run for a U.S. Senate seat. We have far too much high level corruption in government today. If you allow the Florida Senate to steal these funds you will be guilty by association. We Floridians do not need someone representing us to cave in to the anti-Constitution, anti-American regime that has been destroying our country. We NEED a Senator that will STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS, AND STAND AGAINST THE CURRENT WRONGS! We need a Governor to do the same.
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