From Florida Carry:
Two very important pro-gun rights bills are meeting their first committee stop in the Florida Senate on Monday afternoon. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear SB 290 (the emergency evacuation bill) and SB 176 (the college campus carry bill).
SB 290 will create an exception to current carry restrictions for those individuals who are in the process of complying with a mandatory evacuation order. It will apply only to those exiting a designated evacuation area and only for the duration of their evacuation. Upon reaching a safe destination within the state, individuals will need to comply with current statute. This bill is important because in a time of emergency, current Florida laws prohibit the public possession of a firearm during locally declared emergencies (even for concealed carry licensees) and transporting long guns through the common areas of condo and apartment complexes. An even less desirable alternative is to leave firearms at home, where they would be subject to looting and/or damage.
SB 176 simply removes college campuses from the prohibited places list in Florida’s Concealed Carry License law. This will allow only those persons having valid Florida concealed weapon/firearm licenses to carry while on campus, just as they do off campus. Your safety is your own responsibility, thus it is unconscionable that those licensed for the very reason of self-defense are deprived of that ability on campus while those who would attack Florida students continue to target places where lawful gun possession is prohibited.Over 130 Sexual Predators and Convicted Offenders live within walking distance of FSU.