Florida Republican files bill to remove 'permission slip' to carry concealed weapon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Amid talk by Democrats to tighten gun laws, a Republican lawmaker from Central Florida wants the state to go in the other direction.

On Tuesday, Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-Lake County) filed House Bill 273 . The bill would remove the requirement for a license to carry a concealed firearm where it is currently required for lawful gun owners.

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Gun control to be hotly debated before – and during – Florida’s 2020 session

Democrats, distinct minorities in both the Florida House and Senate, are using the pre-filing period to submit gun control bills unlikely to gain traction with Republican lawmakers once the session begins in January but, they believe, likely to resonate with voters in November 2020.

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Florida gun bills split along party lines

Among the most controversial measures are three bills filed by conservative House members from GOP strongholds in the Panhandle and Central Florida.

The gun control debate expected in the upcoming 2020 legislative session will feature extreme initiatives on both sides, including bills that would lift the ban on bump stocks, and allow guns to be openly carried on college campuses and give local governments the power to enact their own gun laws.

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Gun legislation in Tallahassee split along partisan lines

Ten bills have been filed, mostly from Democrats, including from those in Broward County that is home to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The gun control debate expected in the upcoming 2020 legislative session will feature extreme initiatives on both sides, including bills that would lift the ban on bump stocks, and allow guns to be openly carried on college campuses and give local governments the power to enact their own gun laws.

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Al Jacquet wants mental health evaluation added to concealed carry license requirements

State Rep. Al Jacquet has filed legislation mandating concealed carry applicants undergo a mental health evaluation.

The Riviera Beach Democrat’s bill (HB 117) – a longshot for passage in the Republican-controlled, 2nd Amendment-friendly Legislature – would require that evaluation to be “conducted by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist.”

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Florida: More Calls For Safer Schools, Not Well-Armed Teachers In The US

With the increase in school shootings throughout the United States over the last several years and the growing movement of students and parents standing up against gun violence, politicians are trying to catch up. On Wednesday 8 May, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial Senate Bill just a day after a Colorado STEM school shooting left eight people injured and one dead. This bill is one of the first pieces of state legislation trying to counteract the public’s fears of active shooters in schools. Earlier that week, activists delivered papers to the capital with 13,000 signatures of people urging DeSantis to veto the bill.

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