Gov. Scott signs police body camera bill

Posted at 2:46 PM, Mar 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Slungshots are no longer considered concealed weapons under a bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed 34 bills into law Thursday, including the slungshot bill and another requiring law enforcement agencies that use body cameras to follow certain guidelines.

The body camera bill was inspired by the shooting death of Corey Jones by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer.

A slungshot is a maritime tool — a rope with a weight that's wrapped in a knot called a monkey fist. The bill (HB 4009) allows someone to carry one in their pocket without a concealed weapons permit.

The body camera law requires police to develop standards for the use of cameras and how the audio and video files will be stored. The bill (HB 93) doesn't mandate that police must use body cameras.

The governor also signed a measure that allows for alternative sanctions for technical probation violations.