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Florida's father-son legislative duo introduces open carry bill via both chambers

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A bill that would allow anyone licensed to carry a concealed weapon to also openly carry that firearm gets its first hearing before a House subcommittee Tuesday morning [6 OCT 2015).

[Under the bills, as passed by Texas this year,] anyone who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon to also openly carry that firearm in public. The proposal gets its first hearing before the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday morning, and it's sure to draw input from both gun-rights advocates and gun-control supporters.

HB 163 is sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. (Download HB163_AsIntroduced) It's co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Neil Combee of Polk County, Brad Drake of Eucheeanna, Dane Eagle of Cape Coral, Jay Fant of Jacksonville and Charles Van Zant of Keystone Heights. Van Zant and Fant both sit on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Gaetz's father, Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, introduced the Senate companion (SB 300), which has yet to be referred to a committee in that chamber.

Matt and Don Gaetz are holding a press conference at 8 a.m. Tuesday to discuss their legislation at the Capitol.

Florida is currently one of only five states and the District of Columbia that prohibit the open carrying of handguns altogether, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The Gaetzes' legislation would have the Sunshine State join 15 others where open-carry is allowed with some form of license or permit. Thirty-one states allow open-carry without any license or permit, but some require guns to be unloaded.

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This legislation is among several gun-related bills introduced for the 2016 session. Another controversial measure would allow people on college campuses to carry concealed weapons. It passed the House and Senate criminal justice subcommittees last month.
 

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Florida is currently one of only five states and the District of Columbia that prohibit the open carrying of handguns altogether, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The Gaetzes' legislation would have the Sunshine State join 15 others where open-carry is allowed with some form of license or permit. Thirty-one states allow open-carry without any license or permit, but some require guns to be unloaded.
So, only thirty-one states even come close to respecting your rights, sad.

And only a liberal news paper would rely on the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for information.
 
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