A concealed carry bill allowing Floridians to carry weapons without a license during mandatory emergency evacuations was re-filed Thursday, a year after a similar proposal was struck down in the Senate.
According to the News Service of Florida, last year’s proposal — introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg — was roundly criticized by the Florida Sheriffs Association, which questioned both the duration and exact location of where a person would be legally permitted to carry a concealed weapon without a license outside an evacuation area.
After the bill died, the National Rifle Association issued a statement saying the Sheriffs Association was declaring “war on the Second Amendment” and pledged to re-introduce the bill during the 2015 legislative session.
As the News Service of Florida reports, Brandes’ 2015 bill, SB 290, would make an exception to Florida’s concealed carry laws for a person “who carries a concealed firearm, 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 … or declared by a local authority.”
The 2015 legislative session in Florida is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 3.
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