A bill that would grant exemption to legal gun owners who carry a concealed weapon without a permit during mandatory evacuations is being reviewed by the Florida Senate.
The Florida Senate website reads that Bill 296 provides “an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when complying with a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency; providing an effective date.”
According to Fox 4 down in Fort Myers:
Local Representative Heather Fitzenhagen is sponsoring the companion bill, House Bill 209, in the House. She says she thinks the bill is a good idea after seeing what happened after Hurricane Katrina.
Fitzenhagen said that the risk of looting and things of that nature are far dangerous than the concealed carry exemption for legal gun owners.
“It’s much safer to have people that lawfully possess their firearms take them with them as they evacuate rather than leave multiple firearms in your residence so looters can come and get them,” she told Fox 4.