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Can Florida match what Georgia has been passing in gun laws?


Look out Georgia.

Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.

HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked south St. Petersburg — declared by the governor or local officials.

"To allow people to go into a riot while concealing a gun without a permit is the definition of insanity," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. "The bill is crazy. It's absurd."

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Voice of reason

Is someone calling Rick Scott insane?


This bill would make good sense only if Marion Hammer and the Florida Legislature are put in the front ranks of forces sent to quell these riots and demonstrations.

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