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[UPDATE] Proposed Gun Laws Raise Controversy

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

UPDATE 1/31/11 5:33PM

In light of the incident at FSU and many others like it, legislators will have to deal with gun control when they meet again for session.

Three gun bills are on the table for the Florida Legislature. As the debate heats up, three of the main talking points are being able to open-carry your firearm, carrying weapons on campus, and prohibiting local governments from passing their own gun control laws.

On Sunday, we heard from those who oppose the legislation, but those who teach gun safety sing a different tune.

Robert Kendrick owns Armed and Able, a concealed weapon school. He spoke about open carry saying, "I understand several other states have open carry laws.There's been no problems in those states. I also feel that after the newness of that wears off , perhaps be a fad, most people won't be carrying open anyway." ___________________________________________________
The recent rash of shootings have shaken the country. From Tuscon to Tallahassee, gun control laws are on minds of many.

Three new bills have been filed. One would permit people to carry their firearms openly, the second would allow firearms on college campuses, and the third would prohibit local governments from passing their own gun control laws.

Some in Tallahassee said the idea of people openly carrying guns scares them. Mary Gohde said, "I don't like guns period. And I think someone carrying a gun in plain sight: if I saw it I'd turn and walk around. I'd go the other way."

There's also the question of how carrying the firearms would be regulated. Law enforcement officers have double action holsters for their guns which require two steps before being able to use them.

Chris Lane is a Florida Correctional Officer. He said, "If it's just a single action where they can just unsnap it and pull it out a child could walk up and pull it out thinking it's a cap gun or something like that."

And those with families worry about them being around guns out in the open. "I'm putting my family at risk, friends and family, so you know that's not good at all for the environment," said Ashley Dixon.

But others think loosening the regulations won't change a thing. Tia Vaughan said, "I think that it's really pointless because you're not going to be able to take away the guns from the bad people."

The National Riffle Association is lobbying for support of these bills. Florida Governor Rick Scott supported the measure during his campaign, and has not changed his position since the massacre in Tuscon.


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