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Matt Gaetz files ‘open carry’ gun bill

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz is leading the latest attempt to pass an “open carry” gun law in Florida. The Shalimar Republican filed HB 163 on Monday; in part, the bill would allow a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon to “also openly carry such firearm or weapon.” In a Facebook post in July, Gaetz – who is seeking the Senate seat held by his father, former Senate President Don Gaetz – called Florida “an outlier” in prohibiting…

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Tampa faces lawsuit for violating gun owner’s open carry rights

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Open carry events have gained a lot of attention nationwide with many private businesses banning people from doing so inside their establishments. For example, Texas businesses are grappling with whether or not to ban open carry as the state moves toward legalizing the practice. The idea of people wandering around in the open with guns holstered to their hips is reminiscent of the wild, wild West. In Florida, open carry is still illegal in most situations, but there are exceptions. Now…

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