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‘Safe storage of loaded firearms’ bill filed in Florida Senate

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On Monday, Broward County Democratic state Sen. Gary Farmer, Jr. filed a bill that would tighten requirements on safely storing loaded firearms.

Senate Bill 142 “[revises] the locations and circumstances in which a loaded firearm is required to be kept or secured with a trigger lock … [deleting] provisions relating to conditions for committing the crime of failing to safely store, leave, or secure a loaded firearm in a specified manner.”

Among the “locations and circumstances” revised: storage of a firearm around a “minor,” which the bill defines as someone 16 years of age or younger.

Going forward, the gun should be kept in a “securely locked box or container” or secured with a trigger lock.

Violations of those conditions would result in a second-degree misdemeanor.

The bill would also require foster parents and those running residential child care facilities to acknowledge the measure in writing.

Marion Hammer, Executive Director of United Sportsmen of Florida and a former National Rifle Association president, contended that Farmer’s concerns were misplaced.

“If Sen. Farmer really wanted to do something to make Florida safe, he would focus on abolishing gun-free-zones where law-abiding citizens are defenseless targets of terrorists and people with mental illness,” Hammer wrote in a message to FloridaPolitics.com.

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A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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