Gun control has been a hot topic throughout the country due to the recent shootings in Texas and other states throughout the country. There has been considerable debate as to whether federal and state governments should take additional gun control measures, leading to strong opinions among those who feel their second amendment rights may be at risk of being violated.
Here in Florida, it is illegal to openly carry a firearm in public, however a hotly contested bill called HB 163 may soon allow residents to do just that provided they have a concealed carry permit. On Tuesday, the bill came one step closer to becoming a law, but there are still several hurdles ahead. The bill passed through the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee with an eight to four vote despite strong opposition by Democrats and gun control activists.
Supporters of HB 163 say that the bill will restore and vindicate rights granted to all citizens under the Second Amendment and will promote public safety. Opponents counter that the bill should at the very least require training and allow property owners who would rather not have a firearm within their business or home.
Currently, Florida is one of only a few states that have banned openly carrying a firearm, the others being Illinois, New York, and South Carolina.
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