Florida is seeking to pass the “open carry” gun bill, in which people in the state of Florida would be able to carry their guns out in the open. On October 6, 2015, the open-carry bill passed the Florida House subcommittee making it one step closer to being legal. The bill was introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who introduced it saying it “restores and vindicates” Second Amendment rights and promotes public safety. On the contrary, many critics of the open carry policy are in total opposition and have stated things such as it would “instill fear, rather than calm”.
Florida is one of the only five states and the District of Columbia, which prohibit openly carrying firearms and other restricted weapons.
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