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

Posted at 7:17 AM, Oct 03, 2019

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.

On Tuesday, Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-Lake County) filed House Bill 273 . The bill 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.'

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.

This story was originally published by Scott Sutton on WPTV in West Palm, Florida.