Florida Republican files bill to remove 'permission slip' to carry concealed weapon

Posted at 8:07 AM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 08:57:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Amid talk by Democrats to tighten gun laws, a Republican lawmaker from Central Florida wants the state to go in the other direction.

Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini of Lake County on Tuesday filed House Bill 273 which would remove the requirement for a license to carry a concealed firearm where it is currently required for lawful gun owners.

The bill also seeks to allow any person at least 18 years old to “possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use.”

Sabatini said the bill would delete the requirement that requires what he calls a "permission slip from government" before concealing a weapon for their self defense—also known as 'Constitutional Carry.' Our Second Amendment right should not be determined by a government bureaucracy."

The bill will be brought up for discussion during the 2020 legislative session.

There has been a push to repeal components of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which prohibits licensed dealers from selling a firearm to a person under 21 years old.

Sabatini also filed House Bill 6001 which, would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry handguns on Florida college and university campuses.