I usually leave Sundays alone but happy news need to be shared, specially in this time of the year.
Introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) SB140 makes me warm fuzzy all over. What does the bill have? I am glad you asked.
1 – Open Carry Of Handgun with a Concealed Weapons Permit. Although be ready for the Opposition to scream that now any gang banger can OC without problem. One of the things you must do is to show the proper IDs upon demand to Law Enforcement. Failing to do so is a non-criminal violation with a penalty of $25.
2 – Courts will have to provide secure storage of firearms. You still cannot get inside with a gun, but you will be allowed to leave your handgun with security or leave it in a locker provided by the court. Get ready to hear loud screaming about this one, specially about costs.
3- A bunch of Gun Free Zones are eliminated. The following are no longer gun free zones if the bill becomes law: Governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district, the Legislature or a committee thereof, elementary or secondary school facility or administration building or any career center, college or university and passenger terminals. What remains a Gun Free Zone? Courtrooms, polling places, School, College or professional athletic events not related to firearms, Bars and the bar part of a restaurant and any place prohibited by federal law (which includes Federal Courts! Don’t screw up on that one!)
I want ALL passed but I expect some stuff will be lost to political dealing, and so should you. Maybe elementary or secondary schools plus some of the municipal and county meeting stuff. The Court storage provision will have a tough time being protested if the funds are allocated. What I see missing is the institution of the narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment to the laws of Florida. Maybe it is coming in another bill or gets traded in for some of those Gun Free Zones.
Kinda premature, but I am going Happy Dance on this.