Bill Could Ease Open Carry Penalties

August 16, 2017

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee filed a bill Tuesday that would reduce penalties for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry guns.

The bill filed by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube for the 2018 legislative session, stems from a law that bars people from openly carrying guns in Florida. The bill would keep a second-degree misdemeanor penalty for people who do not have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry guns. But it would lead to reduced penalties for people who have the licenses and openly carry.

In such cases, license-holders could be cited for noncriminal violations that would carry a $25 fine on a first violation and a $500 fine on a second violation. They would face second-degree misdemeanor charges on third or subsequent violations.

Under the bill, people with concealed-weapons licenses also could not be arrested or charged if firearms are “temporarily and openly displayed.”


6 Responses to “Bill Could Ease Open Carry Penalties”

  1. Ralph Guyton on August 19th, 2017 10:18 pm

    Any law-abiding citizen able to pass a background check to own a gun, should be able to carry in any manner suitable to him/her, that gun anywhere a armed criminal might take theirs. Has any criminal worth their salt ever obeyed ANY gun control law?

  2. Chris in Molino on August 17th, 2017 5:08 am

    @Mark—-Exactly. To “bear” means to carry so what’s the problem ? I guess they assume the framers meant for everyone to have their arms covered up and that that’s how everyone rode around in those days.

  3. mike on August 16th, 2017 5:41 pm

    if you think more gun control is the answer then you’ve lost your mind….most of the idiots that are causing the issues with guns are already carrying them illegally. More LAWS is not going to help that. Enforce the ones we have now and move on.

  4. Steve Green on August 16th, 2017 5:16 pm

    The pendulum is about to swing back, more gun control is on the way. A “well regulated militia” means that the state has the right to regulate firearms and with Nazis carrying them around to intimidate people it’s time for more regulation.

  5. Lars on August 16th, 2017 3:35 pm

    @Mark, you answered your own question. They are cowards just like all the rest of the politicians who are pulling down confederate memorials before antifa can ravage their city.

  6. Mark on August 16th, 2017 9:03 am

    Why don’t these cowards just pass Constitutional Carry and be done with all the tweaking.

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