Who is Jack Hagler? Why is he mentioned in this law, the Jack Hagler Self Defense Act?
I tried to find out information but nothing relevant came up.
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He died in 1984, and it appears the Jack Hagler Self Defense Act, passed in 1987, was named in his memory / in honour of him at the instigation of a "close friend and fellow lawmaker", Ron Johnson.
"Representatives are (L-R): Jerry G. Melvin, Smokey Peaden, Grover C. Robinson III, Jack Hagler, Ed Fortune." Source: Florida Memory
"Portrait of Florida legislative representative Jack Hagler" (1980). Source: Florida Memory
Rep. Hagler served on the House Health and Rehabilitation Services Committee. Other than that, there appears to be very little about him online except for this brief (and very hard to read) bio in the document Politically speaking : a statewide election guide for Florida in the University of Florida Digital Collection:
Clyde H. Hagler, 60 [sic], Democrat from Pensacola, born and raised in Escambia County; Graduate of the Citadel (BS); C.P.A; elected to House of Representatives in 1974 and subsequently; married, three children.
The 'and subsequently' above refers to him being re-elected in 1976, 1978 and 1980. Also, the age is wrong, as evidenced by his grave stone in Bayview Memorial Park. His wife, Beverly Rabb Hagler, died in 2012 (more info here).
Source: Find a Grave
As to why his name was attached to the bill, a March 1987 article in the Orlando Sentinel has this:
When Jack Hagler, a state representative from Pensacola, was dying of cancer three years ago, he asked a close friend and fellow lawmaker to continue his crusade to relax Florida's gun laws.
Rep. Ron Johnson, a Democrat from nearby Panama City, appears ready to fulfill that promise. It's almost a foregone conclusion that Johnson will succeed in relaxing gun restrictions during this year's legislative session, which begins April 7.
Thus, it would appear that bill was named in memory of him and "his crusade to relax Florida's gun laws." The act was signed into law on October 9, 1987.
is named the Jack Hagler Self Defense Act, and replaces by amendment section 790.06 and repeals section 790.05 of the Florida Statutes. Section 790.06 describes how a license to carry a concealed weapon is procured while section 790.05 provided penalties for carrying weapons either openly or concealed without a license.
The Act authorizes the Department of State "to issue licenses to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms to persons qualified as provided in this section."
The act was passed at the same time as the Joe Carlucci Uniform Firearms Act which
declared “all ordinances and regulations null and void which have been enacted by any jurisdictions other than state and federal, which regulate firearms, ammunition, or components thereof.”
was an avid hunter who became the National Rifle Association’s Legislator of the Year in 1984.
Two years later, at the age of 57, he died of a heart attack while hunting in Georgia.
His colleagues in the Florida Senate marked his passing by naming a bill in his honor