Open Carry Bill Hot Topic in Gadsden County

By: La'Tasha Givens Email
By: La'Tasha Givens Email

The right to openly carry a concealed weapon in the Sunshine State is up for discussion again.

If passed, Senate Bill 234 would allow gun owners with permits to carry their weapons in public without the need to hide them.

A recent Open Market Research Incorporated survey shows 62-percent of likely north Florida voters are in favor of the bill. Twelve-percent do not currently support it.

Residents in Gadsden County drew traditional stances on the issue. John Mckinnon, who supports the bill says, "The way things are now, and everything that happens, I feel people have a right to defend themselves. More people should carry guns especially senior citizens. Many of them are robbed and most of them don't have weapons or no house protection."

Resident Christopher Williams has concerns about bill. "I think the crime rate will go up and make a lot of people nervous because you may have a lot of guns in the hands of the wrong people."

Others we talked to say they believe the open carry law would also lead to more gun thefts.


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  • by Nabi2007 Location: out of my mind on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Robb Allen, good post with the exvception that according to the posted stats on the Florida Licensing web site, the percentage of gun related crimes commited by licensed CCW is more like .1 precent. Passing of this bill will (I echo others) allow me to carry any of my hand guns without fear of them "peaking" from under my shirt....
  • by Rich7553 Location: Lehigh Acres on Mar 14, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    Resident Christopher Williams has concerns about bill. "I think the crime rate will go up and make a lot of people nervous because you may have a lot of guns in the hands of the wrong people." The above excerpt is typical of the complete and utter ingorance with which this topic is viewed by some. Crime rate up? People nervous because of guns in the hands of the wrong people? Exactly how would that happen? The same people who are licensed to carry concealed now would be permitted to carry openly. Net increase in guns? Zero. Be honest. The fact is, you would be nervous because you are afraid of guns. Simple as that. If it makes you feel any better, you have nothing to fear from a holstered weapon.
  • by Robb Allen Location: Brandon, Fl on Mar 14, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    Resident Christopher Williams has concerns about bill. "I think the crime rate will go up and make a lot of people nervous because you may have a lot of guns in the hands of the wrong people." So, you're saying that people who are already licensed to carry weapons will suddenly become criminals because they no longer have to conceal them? 1,935,722 permits given since 1987 with only 6,094 of them revoked (and 10% of those revocations were reversed). That's barely .3%. CCW holders are some of the most law abiding citizens around. Criminals? They already carry where the law doesn't allow. And they're not going to openly carry in a holster and get more attention from passerbys and police. This is all ado about nothing. When OC passes, you won't see too many people taking advantage of it. You will see people able to carry more comfortably because they no longer need to worry about accidental exposure and becoming a criminal.
  • by Pat Riot Location: Daytona on Mar 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    I've carried in many of the other 43 states that allow open carry - openly, and can tell you that after this is passed, it will truly be a no-big-deal issue. You will occasionally see a gun on someone's hip, and you will see a lot of residents that live in bad neighborhoods carrying, but all in all, you will not notice a difference. I WILL know a difference... I cna tuck my shirts in and act like an adult instead of a losse shirted kid.
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