SB 296 would have allowed those â€śin lawful possessionâ€ť of guns to conceal weapons without a permit during mandatory evacuations and local emergencies, such as riots. Thatâ€™s not the same as a gun owner, and could apply to adult children or spouses of gun owners with clean criminal records who are found carrying guns.
The bill, which passed the House last month 80-36, was called â€śinsaneâ€ť by Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. He worked with Latvala on an amendment that would limit the exemption for concealed weapons permits to 24 hours. It also removed the exemption once the carrier of the weapon reached a destination upon evacuation.
With the amendments, the bill passed in committee. However, the sponsor for the bill, R-Jeff Brandes, voted against his own bill, saying:
â€ś(The amendment) makes it a felony if youâ€™re a minute late after the evacuation,â€ť Brandes said. â€śIt makes the bill anti-Second Amendment. It defeats the whole purpose.â€ť
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