Florida is bound to join other 10 states including Texas that allow concealed carry on campuses. The state has 2.19 million licensed gun owners and is among the top four states with over a million licensees. Others include Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-Howey-in-the-Hills) filed the campus carry HB 6001, expanding people’s rights to self-defense within colleges and universities. It would repeal the statute that restricts licensed gun owners from having a firearm within institutions of higher learning.
“The current prohibition of the concealed carry of a firearm makes campuses LESS safe and violates the spirit of the Second Amendment,” Sabatini tweeted.
The staunch gun rights activist filed the bill for the third time, having done so during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. However, none of the bills made it to the floor. It seemed like
Florida was descending into a gun-controlled, crime-ridden state like most liberal jurisdictions. The Sunshine State passed red flag laws and raised the minimum firearm purchasing age to 21 during a heated legislative session.
Currently, Democrats filed an ammunition background checks bill for yet another time. However, Florida can always surprise us as it did during the presidential elections.
Gun control activists will do their best to prevent the law from passing, given that banning firearms from schools is their priority. For example, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting incident became their strongest selling point for gun control.
Proponents of campus carry note that allowing concealed carry would help citizens respond and stop mass shootings incidents, thus saving lives. It would also allow people, including students, to exercise their constitutional rights.
“How many mass shootings must we witness before we allow law-abiding citizens to defend themselves?” Sabatini posted on Facebook in 2019. “Why do we strip Florida citizens of their rights without a shred of evidence that doing so makes us safer?”
If passed, the bill would take effect on July 1, 2021. Having emerged from the gun control euphoria precipitated by the Douglas High School and Sebring shootings in 2018 and 2019 respectively, the state might approve the measure.
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