"Open carry" bill passes Senate Rules Committee

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An open carry law opposed by law enforcement and backed heavily by the National Rifle Association passed the Senate Rules Committee Friday on an 8-4 vote, but some committee members said their support may evaporate on the floor, reports the News Service of Florida. The measure (SB 234) allows people with concealed license permits to carry their guns in full view in stores but not at schools and other prohibited areas. The bill now travels to the floor. The House version (HB 517) was approved by the House Judiciary Committee and awaits action on the floor.

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