Liberal politicians and unelected bureaucrats have fought to restrict lawful gun ownership by any and every means they can think of. Just this year, the Legislature nearly approved a measure that would have cut millions from the state's fund for reviewing concealed carry permits. This would have increased wait times for gun owners who apply for concealed weapons permits by weeks, or even months. Thad opposed this provision, and the item was scrubbed from the budget.
Also in 2009, the Department of Children and Families considered asking couples considering adoption if they owned firearms on their adoption forms. Such questions would lead to the creation of a government-run gun owner registry, a serious invasion of privacy for every law-abiding gun owner in Florida. Thad filed a bill in the Senate that if passed would prohibit any state agency from asking Floridians to disclose what guns they own. Thanks to Thad's efforts, DCF backed off of its proposal. However, Thad will continue to fight to pass his bill to ensure no agency can require Floridians to disclose gun ownership for employment or use of state services.