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Unlicensed Concealing of Weapons During Emergencies Bill Passes House

By on April 11th, 2014
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A bill allowing legal gun owners to conceal their weapons without a permit during mandatory evacuations passed the Florida House of Representatives today.

The bill passed with a vote of 80-36 Friday afternoon, according to the Florida House of Representatives website.

A similar bill in committee in the Florida Senate was placed on the calendar for a second reading around the same time.

The legislation, which would go into effect July 1, was sponsored by Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, a Republican from Ft. Meyers.

Sean Caranna, executive director for Florida Carry, a pro-gun organization that lobbied for the bill’s passage, said the bill “corrects a gaping problem in the current law.”

Legal gun owners concealing their weapon without a permit currently face felony charges.

The hours following a state of emergency declaration are the most critical, Caranna said. Residents are told they must fend for themselves for the next 72 hours.

“If you have to evacuate your home, under current law, you have to leave your gun at your house for looters to steal,” he said. “And then you have looters with guns.”

The state of emergency may be declared by the governor or by local authorities, according to the bill.

The Florida Sheriffs Association disagreed with this portion of the bill, according to the Tampa Bay Times. An association spokesman told the newspaper he had concerns with sending officers into a state of emergency and potentially facing armed citizens.

Caranna called this a “red herring argument.”

“This was less about law-abiding gun owners carrying their weapons, and more about  taking some authority away from Sheriffs’ anti-gun bans during emergencies,” he said.

He cited a North Carolina case in 2012 that declared a gun ban during emergencies unconstitutional.


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  • Loki Luck III

    80 of the House chose wisely, but 36… poorly; however, it’s a plus & now the Senate.

  • Facts Matter

    What is missing from this discussion is that Florida law, unlike NC law, already allows you to take your gun with you. if you don’t have a permit, you can take it in your car or even on public transport, securely encased, just not on your person. that’s the real red herring. if someone read the NC law they would know that it prohibited possession or transport off your property during an emergency. the only thing florida law restricts in possession in a PUBLIC place. nothing stops a CCWP or non-CCWP holder from taking their guns in their car out of the evacuation zone. Facts matter.

  • Mr. Sequel

    Adam Smith’s study of moral standards led him to realize that human beings had stumbled upon impersonal ways of cooperating that enabled us to transcend the traditional limits of our own individual knowledge.

  • Rufus Peebody

    Liberty implies a private sphere inside which conditions and choices cannot be controlled and confined to those determined by others.

 

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