Deadlocked: Florida Legislature unlikely to pass gun bills

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By: Associated Press
December 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A push to expand gun rights is being blocked in the Florida Senate.

A Senate panel on Tuesday voted down three separate gun bills, including a measure that would have lowered criminal penalties for concealed weapons permit holders who violate the ban on openly carrying guns. One bill died on a tie vote.

The votes means it is unlikely the Senate will consider any gun-related legislation in the annual session that starts in January.

Sen. Greg Steube, a Bradenton Republican who has pushed gun bills the last few years, said after the vote that he has no plans to bring any other gun-related legislation forward.

Legislators have considered bills to expand gun rights the last several years but the measures have gotten bogged down due to opposition from Miami-Dade Republicans.

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