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Could Florida reinstate open carry?

Could Florida reinstate open carry?

Postby smix » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:27 pm

Could Florida reinstate open carry?
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Category: Politics
Published: March 23, 2016

Description: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Controversial gun bills dominated the early part of legislative session but ultimately fizzled out for 2016. The courts could end up deciding if Florida reinstates open carry. Only five states, including Florida, ban some form of open carry. Dale Norman was arrested and charged in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 2012. He was openly carrying his gun in a holster. He had a concealed carry permit but was violating it under state law. He was hit with a misdemeanor and a $300 fine. Norman and gun rights group Florida Carry have been appealing the decision ever since. Now it will be in the hands of the state’s high court. The Florida Supreme Court will hear the case in June. "Our contention is (that) you can't have a fundamental right if it is something that is denied to you and then you have to go get a license to exercise it," Florida Carry Executive Director Seana Caranna said. Open carry was a hotly contested issue during 2016’s legislative session. A bill allowing it cleared the Florida House but had adamant opponents. "Pointed down, but not pointed at anyone, but pointed down they could lawfully walk past a bank, past a bar, past a school," Rep. Dave Kerner said. Rep. Matt Gaetz said the legislation will come up again if the court doesn’t rule in Norman’s favor. "Had we passed the open carry legislation that I offered, I think we would have really taken a giant leap toward the restoration of people's Second Amendment rights," Gaetz said. "But there's also the question of whether or not a permit should even be required at all under a right guaranteed by the Constitution." A crucial Florida Senate committee blocked the bill from being heard in that chamber, shooting down its chances of becoming law.
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'Open carry is not going to happen,' Sen. Diaz de la Portilla says

Postby smix » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:41 pm

'Open carry is not going to happen,' Sen. Diaz de la Portilla says
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Category: Politics
Published: February 16, 2016

Description: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla said Tuesday evening a proposal allowing 1.5 million people with concealed weapons permits in Florida to openly carry handguns is officially dead for the 2016 session. "Open carry is not going to happen; it's done," the Miami Republican senator told reporters. Diaz de la Portilla had expressed growing reluctance for weeks about holding a hearing on SB 300, saying last week it was "on life support." It's among three gun bills he's killing this session by not granting them hearings in his committee, a powerful prerogative that committee chairman have. Last month, Diaz de la Portilla said he wouldn't hear a similarly controversial bill that would allow concealed-weapons permit-holders to carry concealed on public college and university campuses. Also Tuesday, he said he won't hear a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried in Florida airport terminals. (It passed its first committee earlier in the day but it won't be heard in the House, so it was essentially dead anyway.) “On all of these gun bills, I don’t believe any of them are necessary,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “They could result in unintended consequences. I think we need to prioritize in our committee, as far as what we hear. We can’t hear every bill that’s referred to us.” Both the campus-carry and open-carry bills passed the Republican-heavy House earlier this month. Diaz de la Portilla's decision to halt both of them has made him the target of praise from gun-control supporters and of anger from gun-rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association.
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