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Bill could ease open-carry penalties

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The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee filed a bill Tuesday that would reduce penalties for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry guns.

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Florida Open Carry advocates, take careful notes on Texas’ new gun-toting law

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With Florida’s Legislative Session only days away, one of the hottest issues to face lawmakers this year is Open Carry. Two bills (SB 300/HB 163) filed by the Republican father-son tag team of State Sen. Don Gaetz of Niceville and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry a gun “any place that a person has the right to be, subject only to exceptionally and narrowly tailored restrictions that employ the least possible restriction on the right” to bear…

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Broward Democrat files gun safety bill

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Pompano Beach Democratic Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke Reed filed a bill Friday that would change some of the rules on concealed weapons permits in Florida. HB 935 would require concealed weapons permit holders to tell first responders they have a concealed weapon and present their license and identification. Current law doesn’t require permit holders to tell police they are carrying a weapon. The bill would also increase the fine for not carrying the license from $25 to $1,000. “This bill would provide a safety measure…

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House panel pulls trigger on open carry

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A House panel Tuesday morning advanced a bill to allow concealed weapons licensees to carry their guns openly in Florida. Or as sponsor state Rep. Matt Gaetz put it, restore a right “granted not by government, but by God.” Despite an admonishment from Chairman Carlos Trujillo to keep questions to the text of the bill itself and avoid “philosophical” discussion, the Federalist Papers, constitutional jurisprudence, and the very notion of civilization all shot through an hour-long debate on the measure, which saw testimony from…

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FSU football fan with a permit? Bring gun, lock it in car

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Florida State University football fans going to the game this weekend can bring their guns – if they have a concealed weapons permit and they keep them locked in their cars. The day after being sued over a policy that bans guns on campus, the university on Wednesday said permitted gun owners can keep guns locked in parked cars. But that doesn’t go far enough for Florida Carry Inc., a gun rights group that sued the school seeking to allow…

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Unpermitted Florida gun owners get exemption for hurricanes

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Florida gun owners who don’t have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane. Not that it’s been a big problem in Florida in the past. No one can cite an example of a gun owner being arrested while evacuating ahead of a hurricane, but lawmakers didn’t want what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago happening here. New Orleans Police confiscated hundreds of guns from people’s homes and from…

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