Senate committee to consider legalization of open carry in Florida

The Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering a measure which which would provide for the the expansion of gun owners’ rights and legalize open carry in Florida. 

If passed, the bill would allow Florida’s 1.7 million concealed carry permit holders to openly carry their firearms.

The legislation would also eliminate gun-free zones in places like secondary schools, local centers and government meeting areas. 

The bill, to be considered next week, would not allow CCW permit holders to carry their firearms on college or athletic events and restrictions would still exist on carrying guns to restaurants and bars.  Any permit holder in violation of the restrictions in the bill would face a misdemeanor charge.