SB 296 would have allowed those “in lawful possession” of guns to conceal weapons without a permit during mandatory evacuations and local emergencies, such as riots. That’s not the same as a gun owner, and could apply to adult children or spouses of gun owners with clean criminal records who are found carrying guns.
The bill, which passed the House last month 80-36, was called “insane” by Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. He worked with Latvala on an amendment that would limit the exemption for concealed weapons permits to 24 hours. It also removed the exemption once the carrier of the weapon reached a destination upon evacuation.
We can’t win them all. That is the reality of things. I am sure we will hear Moms and MAIG and Brady et al making a big fuzz about it while ignoring the other five bills that passed and are waiting for the Governor’s signature.
Target for next year will be the modification of Florida Statutes 252.36 (5)(H) and to strike out one single word.
Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages,
firearms, explosives, and combustibles.
That should be easier that a whole new law.
UPDATE: As expected, Moms FL Chapter squees.
Not a peep about the other bills.