Florida Open Carry Torpedoed, Some Positive Changes

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Florida Open Carry Torpedoed, Some Positive Changes
Florida Open Carry Torpedoed, Some Positive Changes

Following a national trend, Florida is poised to adopt three new laws pushed by gun rights advocates. But the most controversial measure — allowing people to carry guns openly in public — was significantly watered down Wednesday.

Groups ranging from the tourism industry, to retailers and law enforcement had fought the open carry law but dropped their opposition after Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, introduced a compromise.

The amended bill protects people with concealed weapons permits who “inadvertently” flash their weapon in public in a non-threatening manner, but still prohibits the open display of firearms.

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