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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