Florida House Discusses Bill To Protect Gun Owner's Rights

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By: Bailey Myers
February 4th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- Are gun owners being discriminated against in Florida? At least one lawmaker argues yes saying it's coming from insurance companies.

"We would never allow an insurer to discriminate against someone for based on their faith or based on the speech that they use...So, I just don't think we should discriminate against those who choose to practice the second amendment as well," reasons Representative Matt Gaetz has proposed a new law to help protect gun owners rights.

Gaetz explained the law, "Prohibits insurers from discriminating against gun owners either by refusing to renew or reissue policies or those instances where discriminatory rates are charged."

On Tuesday, the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee discussed whether or not this bill should pass. Representatives asked questions about whether or not insurance companies would be "allowed to ask them if they own firearms?"

One Chairmen even suggested the discrimination means "they would have to sell that weapon if they ever want insurance and that could be a problem."

In the end, the subcommittee passed House Bill 225. Afterwards Gaetz told us he is "very confident legislature will approve this measure that will protect gun owners from deceptive and unfair practices by insurance companies."

House Bill 225 still needs to get through two more sub committees before a final debate among Florida Lawmakers.


By: Bailey Myers

February 4, 2014, 6pm

A bill to protect gun owners' rights is up for discussion in the State House.

Earlier this evening, the insurance and banking subcommittee chairmen approved a bill which proposes insurers would not be allowed to discriminate against gun owners in the state.

The argument for the bill is that it would be a preemptive motion to ensure insurance companies were not denying insurance from those who have guns.

The bill will have to go through two more committees before it hits the house floor.


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