House Slated To Take Up Gun Bills Tuesday

February 1, 2016

The Florida House on Tuesday is scheduled to take up controversial bills about carrying guns on college campuses and openly carrying firearms, according to information posted on the House website.

The bills have drawn heavy debate during the legislative session and are backed by Second Amendment advocates such as the National Rifle Association.

One of the bills (HB 163), sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms in Florida.

The other bill (HB 4001), sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses.

Many university-system leaders have opposed the campus-carry bill. Also, Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, has said his committee likely will not take up the campus-carry issue, which would block the bill in the Senate.

by The News Service of Florida


3 Responses to “House Slated To Take Up Gun Bills Tuesday”

  1. john on February 3rd, 2016 6:52 am

    More are law abiding citizens carrying guns is a good thing, giving them the option to open carry or conceal is good, now having said that we need more training for civilians and law enforcement is also good, and we need to do something about repeat offenders, because that will lower the likehood of a permit holder having to draw their weapon.
    And for you gun haters, it is guns that has kept America free.

  2. Mike on February 2nd, 2016 12:59 pm

    Open carry is a very bad idea in Florida. Too many good ole boys. I .personally do not want them in our churches. Very easy to pick one up at a yard sale.

  3. Jay. S on February 2nd, 2016 8:18 am

    In any fair system of government. We can’t allow the personal feelings of one representative. Control what the people of the state might want. This representative a RINO of all things. Keeps interjecting his personal feelings. He must be stopped. At the ballot. Or by some form of override be given in commities.

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