A bill (HB 4001) that would allow concealed carry license holders to possess their firearms on public college campuses cleared, the Judiciary Committee, its final Florida House committee hearing, on Thursday, November 19, 2015. It was previously reported favorably by the Criminal Justice Committee and the Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee. The legislation will be up for a floor vote when the legislature reconvenes in January 2016.
The identical Senate bill (SB 68) has cleared the Senate Criminal Justice and Higher Education committees. It is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it died during the 2015 session.
General Bill by Steube and Rehwinkel Vasilinda (CO-SPONSORS) Baxley; Boyd; Combee; Drake; Eagle; Fant; Gaetz; Renner; Smith; Stone; Sullivan; Trumbull; Van Zant; Wood
Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms: Removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.
Effective Date: July 1, 2016
Last Event: Bill released to House Calendar on Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:00 PM
Read bill here (2 pages)
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- U.S. Constitution, Amendment II: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
- Florida State Constitution, Article I, Section 8: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.”
- Appeals court: state universities cannot regulate, ban guns from campus
- Florida legislation proposes licensed open carry
- F.S. 790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons
- F.S. 790.25 & 790.251 Possession [of weapon or firearm] in vehicle, parking lot
- Maps for Firearms and Firearm Laws
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