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Professional protester only “regular guy” to testify in support of NRA’s open carry bill

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What exactly is a “regular guy?” In the Florida Legislature, there’s an implicit rule: Speakers who provide testimony should accurately describe their motives and agenda when speaking in front of committees. That said, it’s not unusual for paid consultants to speak on an issue, as it is equally common for concerned citizens to travel to Tallahassee to express heartfelt opinions on a matter. Often, legislators will give more weight to those “regular folks,” as their testimony comes from deeply held,…

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