The Florida Gun Law Debate

By: Valerie Boey Email
By: Valerie Boey Email

Volusia County, FL - Here in Florida some are taking a shot at changing the law from having a concealed weapon to being able to openly carry one. Sean Caranna is the founder of a group called the Open Carry Movement.

"I can't currently take off my jacket or I'd be breaking the law right now."

While Caranna is currently taking steps to support a proposed open carry bill, John Gutmacher says an open carry law failed back in 1986 in Florida, Gutmacher is the author of Florida firearms law use and ownership.

Author Jon Gutmacher says, "I'm currently neutral on it, but I think that quite frankly since Florida once rejected that, tried it it didn't work, I don't see it working now."

He supports having a concealed weapons permit.

"We have a law that works perfectly, so why would we want to change it."

But Sean says they're several reasons why...

"If I'm in Publix and reach for the peas I could be arrested because my jacket came up, so there's big problems with our current law and people have had problems with these provisions."

But if the law changes, Guttmacher is concerned it may cause lawmakers to change other legislation making it even more restrictive for gun owners in the future.

"Whether its a good idea or a bad idea, that is left to time to tell."

State representative, Scott Plankin says it's too early to tell how far the bill will go, he says out of two thousand bills, only around 200 are actually passed.


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