“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
As ardent supporters of the Second Amendment, you and I know these words are absolutely critical to a free society.
With the primary election season heating up here in Florida, virtually all politicians are claiming they support the Second Amendment.
Yet once safely elected into office, many of the politicians in BOTH parties vote to restrict your freedoms in a “common sense” way.
We saw this in 2018, when 67 NRA “A-Rated” Republicans voted for the largest gun control expansion in state history, and again this year when Senate President Bill Galvano and his colleague Tom Lee pushed for Universal Gun Registration.1
Unless you and I get politicians on record before they get in office and hold them accountable for their votes once they are elected, we will continue to see Republican-sponsored gun control in Tallahassee.
That’s why I sent the Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey to candidates running for the State Legislature — to get them on the record in support of restoring and defending our gun rights.
Unfortunately, Republican incumbent State Representative Randy Fine in House District 53 refuses to return his Candidate Survey and go on record in support of your gun rights.
This is no surprise since Randy Fine has a history of voting for gun control!2
In 2018, Randy Fine voted to strip military-aged adults of their right to purchase a firearm.
If they are old enough to go fight for our country in the military, they are old enough to purchase a firearm.
Unfortunately, Randy Fine disagrees and sided with Bloomberg-funded gun control lobbyists to strip these American citizens of their rights.
Randy Fine also voted in favor of “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation orders!
Gun confiscation orders are the latest “common sense” solution being pushed by the Gun Control Lobby, and Republicans like Randy Fine are joining them.
“Red Flag” laws allow government agents to confiscate legally-owned firearms from otherwise law-abiding citizens and deny them the right to keep and bear arms, with very little evidence and no crime ever having been committed.
These laws force gun owners to go before a court after the fact to prove they aren’t guilty, effectively turning the American legal system on its head.
Since the time Fine voted for this outrageous gun control, nearly 4,000 petitions have been filed to confiscate guns without due process — with some petitions for gun confiscation being filed against children as young as 8 years old.
But there is also good news for House District 53.
Republican candidate Marcie Adkins returned her Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey 100% pro-gun!
By returning her survey, Marcie Adkins pledged to support a full repeal of Florida’s due process-shredding “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation laws.
Adkins also pledged to support the repeal of the draconian law forbidding military-aged adults from purchasing long guns.
Finally, Marcie Adkins pledged her support for solid pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation.
Constitutional Carry simply means that anyone who can legally possess a firearm can carry it openly or concealed without a government permission slip.
Currently, exercising your Second Amendment rights without a Concealed Weapon License (CWL) in Florida is punishable with a felony charge carrying with it up to five years in prison for what is essentially a victimless crime.
To put this in perspective, it is only a misdemeanor to carry without a permit in the gun control haven of California.
But here in Florida, exercising your constitutional right to carry without first going through the bureaucratic rigmarole to obtain a CWL is punished MORE severely than physically assaulting a police officer.
On top of that, the open carry of firearms in Florida is also illegal, putting the “Gunshine State” in league with anti-gun liberal states like California, Illinois, and New York.
There are already 15 states that have Constitutional Carry laws on the books and many of these states are consistently ranked as the safest in the nation — it’s time for Florida to join them.
That’s why Florida Gun Rights is calling on pro-gun Floridians to lobby their candidates now before they get into office.
We must make it clear that we expect our elected officials to not only oppose new gun control measures, but also to go to Tallahassee to be a leader in the fight to repeal the draconian measures already on the books.
Ultimately, when politicians refuse to take a stand in support of the Second Amendment, you can be almost certain that the rest of your constitutional rights aren’t high on their list of priorities either.
That’s why Florida Gun Rights is dedicated to keeping Floridians informed about the true positions of our elected officials and candidates.
With supporters all across the state, we are giving gun owners a loud voice in defense of our rights.
And trust me, the politicians can hear you.
There is no better time to lobby them than when they are seeking your support at election time.
So please contact Randy Fine at (321) 409-2017 and insist he reverse course and start standing for the Second Amendment by returning his Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey!
Then contact Marcie Adkins at (321) 701-4501 and thank her for returning her Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey and urge her to continue standing firm for your right to keep and bear arms.
With our rights at stake, now is the time to take action!
Florida Gun Rights
P.S. The August 18th primary election is just around the corner, and now is the best time to lobby your candidates.
Unfortunately, incumbent State Rep. Randy Fine has a record of voting for gun control and refuses to return his Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey.
Please contact Randy Fine at (321) 409-2017 and insist he reverse his anti-gun stances and start supporting the Second Amendment!
But there is also good news for House District 53. Republican candidate Marcie Adkins returned her Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey 100% pro-gun.
Please contact Marcie Adkins at (321) 701-4501 and urge her to continue standing firm for your right to keep and bear arms.
1 = Senate Bill 7028, 2020.
2 = Senate Bill 7026, 2018.
For some inexplicable reason, my opponent is pushing for parents to sign their children up for Florida Virtual School which takes money FROM our district to the state.
We have Brevard Virtual School. With an enrollment in BVS that student will remain within Brevard Public Schools and the transition between Virtual and on campus will be easier and the funding remains in Brevard. Encouraging FLVS pushes money out of our district in a year that it will be essential for this funding.
This is the 2nd time in a week he has pushed programs that fund the State instead of our own District. As an Economist, I feel it is imperative to the recovery of our County to keep as much of our funding local as possible during this unprecedented time.
The curriculum between the two is the same.Here is the link to sign up for the Brevard program. July 31st is the deadline to enroll.https://www.brevardschools.org/Page/127?fbclid=IwAR0qMmo50ItuLcOqsdyLpSz4PRmdC4WM3IcFvWqpxKdcL7vwkBvDq9cEXnw
Another option is homeschooling (which I did for my son). Here is a link to an article I wrote on the subject. https://www.adkins53.com/how-to-fail-at-homeschool-and-7-tips-to-succeed-instead/
No matter what you decide to do, please remember and thank our amazing teachers and School Board as well, who have done a remarkable job through all of this.
“I heartily endorse Marcie Adkins as by far our best choice for the Florida Legislature.
Ms. Adkins was raised in Brevard and knows our community well.
She’s an intelligent even-tempered individual who will be a positive voice for Brevard and the State of Florida.
Marcie Adkins will be a State Representative we will all respect, as she will respect all citizens of our home.”
I am so honored and humbled to receive the endorsement and confidence of such an honorable republican leader in our community. Scott Ellis has committed his life to serving Brevard, and has done so with integrity and honor. He is an example of a true conservative who is fiscally responsible, and understands how every aspect of our local government works.Marcie Adkins
A Response to Incumbent Randy Fine’s Most Recent Falsehoods
The incumbent continually tries to mislead and distract the public instead of addressing issues important to our district. Last weekend, he made outrageous and unsubstantiated allegations against my campaign consultant Robert Burns — an Army Veteran who honorably served our country, and even retired from wounds received in combat.
Let me be clear — these claims are categorically false.
Robert Burns is not a felon in any state — let alone four states. I pay his firm a fee for services rendered, the same as any other candidate would, including my opponent. Robert Burns is a registered Republican who has voted in every election since honorably retiring from the Army in 2017.
The incumbent is dishonestly making these claims to distract from his own record. I would love to address him, along with the public, on his own record for District 53. Unfortunately, he has declined every single upcoming interview, forum, and debate scheduled by independent third parties.
On Tuesday, June 30th, I participated in Palm Bay Live, the same forum in which the incumbent agreed to participate last week, but apparently backed out of his interview at the last minute. I invited the incumbent him to join me during my June 30th interview but he declined. However, because I value transparency and democracy, I was willing to share my own time so voters have an opportunity to simultaneously hear from both candidates and ask questions. You deserve answers.
On July 3, I will also be attending the 2020 Republican Space Coast Hob Nob, an event in which he has, sadly, declined to participate. On the contrary, I am willing to make myself accessible and would be happy to address in detail any questions you may have.
Those of you who are following my campaign know why I am running for House District 53 — I was appalled by the duplicitous manner in which the incumbent handled CS/HB 7087 in February 2020. (You can read details on my website, https://www.adkins53.com and view a video of him lying directly to Representative Hogan Johnson at the House Education meeting on February 12, 2020. For proof that FSU was not informed, see the linked Tallahassee Democrat article.)
Since early May, Randy Fine has flooded social media with complete falsehoods of “Mother’s Day harassment” and “anti-Semitism,” all of which were addressed in my May 12, 2020 press release. Despite my explicit rebuttals and the repeated facts citing no evidence for his libelous statements, he continues. Similarly, he twisted the City of Melbourne’s handling and decision making with respect to the fireworks, calling them “unpatriotic.”
Simply put, this is fake news. The incumbent repeatedly makes bombastic, outrageous statements without any proof. Is this the kind of representation the people of District 53 want?
I will now address Mr. Fine’s most recent falsehoods — stated on his campaign page on June 28, 2020 — specifically: (1) Robert Burns is a four-state felon and; (2) my campaign has a PAC that has not filed reports (asserting late filings are a crime, and I owe more than $10,000).
Most serious is the 100% false four-state felon accusation.
Attached is a letter from a law firm I have hired to investigate this charge. Attorney Brian Savy and his legal staff have reviewed all criminal records in all 50 states and can confirm that Mr. Burns is NOT a four-state felon, nor does he have a single felony conviction anywhere.
With respect to the late filing of reports — yes. Mr. Burns was late in filing reports for his own PAC. I do not have a PAC. However, (1) failing to file a report on time is not a crime; (2) Mr. Burns’ PAC — Friends of Florida — does not “support my campaign;” (3) my campaign has filed every report on time; (4) my campaign has no fines; and (5) if Mr. Burns has fines for his PAC, they will be at most 25% of the $10,000 he raised or $2,500.
In fact, the incumbent most certainly understands all these things although he mislead the public with his statements, because he has a long history of the exact same violations and fines over the years in his own pac.
Even though the last falsehood about reporting is minutiae, it goes to show Mr. Fine’s campaign strategy — smear, smear, and smear some more.
Like everything else the incumbent asserts, his claim that I have paid “almost all my campaign funds to Robert Burns” is 100% false. Since I began my campaign on March 24, 2020 until the end of June, 2020, I have paid his company, The Relentless Group, a total of $12,903.23 for social media and website development services. For that time period, my campaign has raised a total of $37,440.99, which is 34% of funds raised.
I have gone to great lengths to create a website (https://www.adkins53.com) and make myself available — in person, on the telephone, or online for any and all questions. On the other hand, the incumbent refuses to address the issues and has NOT created a website where constituents can contact him.
It also should be noted that he has not registered for the Republican Hob Nob which will be held on Friday, July 3. Instead, according to his Facebook, he is not attending this event out of fear of Covid while at the same time pushing for his own personal fireworks event with 20k people.
If this wasn’t enough, I just learned while writing this that last night Mr. Fine has reached a new low. In a Facebook post he used the tragic illness of some of my friends who volunteer with me that caught Covid-19. Some of which have been hospitalized. Without any evidence whatsoever, he falsely claimed that my friends were out door knocking, and handing out materials while sick. This is not even remotely true. My volunteers work from home by making phone calls to voters. It isn’t uncommon to see him be hypocritical, but using his own constituents misfortune goes beyond disappointing. It is appalling.
Let’s look at the obvious facts — Mr. Fine: (1) lies repeatedly; (2) refuses to answer any questions publicly; (3) deletes all social media dissent; (4) deletes all queries for evidence for his mudslinging; and (5) blocks all who disagree with him.
The focus of this campaign should be how each candidate addresses the issues facing the constituents of House District 53.
I invite you to see where I stand on the issues because it’s simple — politicians are to serve and not be served.
I’m Marcie Adkins. See why I’m better for Brevard.