Hey it’s good to see the NRA really putting its full weight and muscle into the things that matter down on Florida. In the sunshine state, they been trying to get constitutional carry passed, like up here in God’s country. Naturually to get this done you turn to the biggest gun rights lobbying group to help. Let’s take a look at what the NRA decided to back.
State lawmakers are debating a new bill which would ban tethering dogs and cats and leaving them unsupervised.
If Senate Bill 650 were to become law, any Floridian caught leaving an animal tied up would get a warning, then a series of escalating fines: $250 for a second offense, and $500 for each offense after that.
At the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, the bill’s first stop on the way to becoming law, the measure found support among Democrats and Republicans and passed unanimously.
But one influential group voiced opposition: the National Rifle Association.
“Tethering is a legitimate means of keeping your animals on your own property,” the NRA’s longtime lobbyist Marion Hammer wrote in an email. “Many, many kinds of dogs are humanely tethered in the out-of-doors rather than being locked up in a cages.”
The group’s opposition came as a surprise. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to add a Republican-backed amendment onto the bill that would exempt hunting dogs from the ban. This exemption was thought by some animal rights advocates to be a major concern of the gun rights organization; the NRA counts thousands of hunters as members. But Hammer still eventually waived against the amended measure.
Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, said in an interview she was mystified by the NRA.
“It makes no sense,” Taddeo said. “I did reach out to Marion Hammer and the NRA specifically prior [to the meeting]…They did not call back,” Taddeo said.
Republicans on the committee were also surprised by Hammer’s move.
“I’ve never seen them focused on any policy that wasn’t focused on Second Amendment rights or hunting,” Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, said in an interview.
Perry, who offered the amendment exempting hunting dogs, said he was not in touch with the NRA about the bill.
Hammer wrote in an email that even the hunting dog exemption doesn’t change the fact that it’s a “bad bill.”
That’s right folks. Instead of a gun rights bill. The local NRA HMFTIC spent effort on a law about putting your dog on a leash.
Hell, with them getting focused on what matters again, I may become a life member!