TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is scheduled vote on a bill that allows the public to carry concealed firearms while evacuating during an emergency.
The bill (HB 209) was extensively debated Wednesday and placed on Friday’s schedule.
Sponsor Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, explained the bill extends carry-and-conceal privileges to those fleeing during a mandatory evacuation declared by the governor or local officials. Individuals, otherwise, must be in compliance with all laws, including having the right to be in possession of a firearm.
Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, pointed out there is no exact language that the bill doesn’t supersede existing laws and that the Florida Sherriff’s Association does not support the legislation.
The Senate version (SB 296) has to clear one more committee before being heard on the floor.
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