[UPDATE] Proposed ‘Open Carry’ Law in Florida

By: Eyewitness News; Open Market Research Email
By: Eyewitness News; Open Market Research Email

[UPDATE] 3-15 1:31pm -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

A bill that would allow weapons to be openly carried in Florida has cleared a House subcommittee.

The Criminal Justice subcommittee on Tuesday voted 10-3 to
approve the bill (HB 517).

State Rep. Chris Dorworth is sponsoring the bill. The Lake Mary
Republican said the bill's purpose is to prevent charges against
people with concealed weapon permits who accidentally show their
weapons. He uses the example of wind blowing a person's jacket
open.

Law enforcement and retail business groups oppose the bill. A
National Rifle Association representative endorsed it.

A Senate committee voted for a companion bill (SB 234) on
Monday. That bill had a section allowing guns on college campuses,
but it was removed after objections from students, parents and
campus police chiefs.
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[UPDATE] 3-15 11:21am -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

A bill that would allow weapons to be openly carried in Florida has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday voted 3-2 along
party lines to approve the bill (SB 234).

Sen. Greg Evers is sponsoring the bill. The Baker Republican
said his purpose was to prevent charges against people with
concealed weapon permits who accidentally show their weapons. He
uses the example of wind blowing a person's jacket open.

Law enforcement and retail business groups oppose the bill. A
National Rifle Association representative endorsed it.

The committee had previously removed a section that allowed guns
on college campuses after hearing from a man whose daughter had
been accidentally shot and killed at Florida State University. A
House committee considers a companion bill (HB 517) Tuesday.
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Two recent surveys of likely voters living in north Florida find strong support for Senate Bill 234. Voters surveyed in the north central Florida counties that comprise state senate district 3 favor the measure by a wide margin (58%-14%). The bill also draws approval by a larger margin (62%-12%) in the northwest Florida counties that make up state senate districts 2 & 4.

The new Open Market Research, Inc. survey, commissioned by the Pensacola Voice newspaper, shows overwhelming support for authorizing the open carry of a holstered firearm for individuals who hold a concealed weapons permit. The survey asks two questions relating to concealed weapons.

The first asks whether or not the voter supported issuing concealed weapons permits. The most overwhelming level of support came from men (72%-10%) in district 3 and (78%-8%) in district 2 & 4. A plurality of women in north central Florida support issuing concealed weapons permits (44%-10%), and by a similar margin (48%-16%) in districts 2 & 4.
The second question referred to removing criminal prosecution for exposing a holstered weapon if the person holds a concealed weapons permit. This change draws extensive support from men (67%-16%) in district 3 and districts 2 & 4 (76%-12%), while majorities of women in both district 3 and (51%-12%) and districts 2 & 4 (53%-19%) support the measure.

Open Market Research, Inc. conducted the survey in districts 2 & 4 on 03/04/2011 and in district 3 on 03/11/2011 using an Interactive Voice Response system. The margin of error is +/- 3%.

Open Market Research, Inc. is an independent marketing research, advertising public relations firm located in Pensacola, Fl.

For more statistics information head over toOpen Market Research.


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