New propositions in Congress will likely face a fight in our gun-friendly State
There's been talk of new firearm restrictions in the works on Capitol Hill as lawmakers discuss how to react to the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. However, Florida isn't expected to accept new gun-related bans sitting down.
On the contrary, leading gun bill sponsors argue a new law should allow for less gun restrictions, rather than more. Representative Dennis Baxley (R-FL) commented that disarming locations like schools makes these areas less safe:
"We created these gun-free zones, and we have inadvertently made them a target for this kind of activity."
Florida is considered one of the gun-friendliest states in the country, with the National Rifle Association maintaining a considerable presence in the state's politics. Advocates are hoping to advance two bills beginning in March: the first would allow individuals to openly carry their guns in public, and the second would remove criminal charges on carriers that accidentally expose their firearms in the open.