Rep. Brandes’ bill to enhance Veterans’ 2nd Amendment rights passes House

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The Florida House passed CS/HB 463 Weapons or Firearms by State Representatives Paige Kreegel and Jeffrey Brandes. The legislation allows Florida military servicemembers and honorably discharged veterans who are under 21, and are otherwise qualified, to be issued a concealed weapons permit.

“This legislation will enhance the second amendment rights of our brave men and women in uniform,” stated Representative Kreegel. “Allowing our under-21 military servicemembers to use firearms to fight and protect our constitutional freedoms, and yet prohibiting them from exercising their second amendment rights at home is a grave disservice.”

The bill also allows military servicemembers and honorably discharged veterans under the age of 21, who are not Florida residents and hold a concealed weapon license from another state which honor’s Florida’s concealed weapons licenses, to exercise the same rights as Florida concealed weapons license holders. The bill additionally requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to accept background check fingerprints for any military concealed weapons license applicants which have been prepared by military law enforcement officials.

“As an Iraq war veteran I know firsthand the extensive background screening and firearms training of our young military personnel,” commented Representative Brandes. “I commend the Florida House for voting to extend this important constitutional right to all of our military servicemembers.”

HB 463 must now be voted on by the Florida Senate before being made available for the Governor to sign into law.

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