General Bill by Sabatini (CO-SPONSORS) Hill
Carrying of Firearms: Removes requirement that license to carry concealed firearm is required in order to carry such firearm; limits areas in which concealed carrying of firearm is prohibited; revises criminal penalties; revises provisions relating to carrying of concealed weapons by nonresidents; provides for issuance of concealed carry licenses for reciprocity purposes; specifies that person not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing firearm may own, possess, & lawfully use firearms & other weapons, ammunition, & supplies for lawful purposes.
Reading real quick we have obviously no requirement of license to carry in Florida but the CWL will still be available for those who want it to travel to other states that demand a permit. I would keep my CWL just for the fact it is a “Good Guy Card” and buying guns without having to deal with the Waiting Period.
Knocks down carrying in Gun Free Zones from a felony to a misdemeanor. Good! A stupid mistake should not make you a Prohibited Person.
(But Muh Rights! There shouldn’t be any Gun Free Zones!” – I know Junior, baby steps and stop eating the crayons.)
Open Carry during mandatory evacuations. I like it but I feel some will take it as openly patrolling their neighborhood with the rifles strapped to their chests. The law is specific: .”..on or about his or her person while in the act of evacuating during a mandatory evacuation order issued during a state of emergency declared by the Governor.” If you ain’t moving out, you cant OC.
Reciprocity: Welcome to Florida, you can carry. Do you have a Permit from a State that does not honor ours? No biggie, you go on and carry in the Gunshine State anyway.
I have an issue with carrying in a pharmacy. They eliminated the allowance of people with CWL to carry, but it leaves a gaping hole about Constitutional Carry in the location that can be used by Gun Unfriendly counties as placed prohibited to carry. They may need to rewrite this. I am going to shoot an email to the Sabatini aids. Somebody remind me later.
Open Carry of firearms. It leaves concealed carry of electric weapon without a license illegal. Too many Taser Drive-bys?
Parking Lot Carry: No need for a license to park in your company’s lot.
Now let’s check reality: The Opposition is gonna have a conniption and fight this bill to the death. They are going to have issues with the excuse of blood on the streets and the shooting of buses full of nuns and orphans after more than three decades of CWL statistics. Short of our side fucking up big time and not showing up to support the bill and interaction with our legislators in a constant but polite manner, I do believe we have a moderate chance to get this passed.
The Gun Free Zones violations from a felony to a misdemeanor. Other than spite, I don’t see how this would be rejected. The Opposition will be mentioning the School Shooters, but I reckon if they are intending o commit murder or other felonies, they won’t give a damn if bringing a gun to school is a felony or a misdemeanor.
Open Carry during mandatory evacuations. I can hear them now: “We will see people evacuating and armed with AR15s in their cars and pick up trucks like it was a scene from Mad Max! People will be afraid, nervous, and anything will spark a shootout between vehicles locking down the evacuation routes. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL DIE!” My take, it will be nice if we get it, but I won’t lose sleep if we don’t. I rather spend political brownie points in ConsCarry. (I just made that up, probably not the first one)
Full reciprocity. Again, unless out of spite and lack of support, this should be easy to accept.
And Pharmacy Carry in my opinion needs to be re-written for clarifications before it even gets to the first discussion in sub-committee.
Those are my personal takes on the bill. We are three months away from the beginning of the new legislative session so start prepping now
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