Because the National Rifle Association has never met a problem it doesn't think it can solve with more guns, it's backing a bill in Tallahassee that would allow anyone with a clean criminal history to carry a concealed weapon in the event of a riot or natural disaster even if that person doesn't have a permit.
Yes, because if there's one thing riots and hurricane aftermaths need, it's more people with guns!
The House version of the bill is slated for a floor vote tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Senate version cleared its third committee Tuesday.
The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has become notorious in recent years for pretty much passing almost anything the NRA wants.
However, the Florida Sheriff's Association is vehemently opposed to the bill.
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"To allow people to go into a riot while concealing a gun without a permit is the definition of insanity," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, according to the Miami Herald. "The bill is crazy. It's absurd."
"This bill is a very narrow, simple, clear bill," sponsor Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen counters in the Orlando Sentinel. "This bill is for people who are lawfully allowed to possess a firearm in their homes to be able to take that firearm with them when they are evacuating in an emergency."
The bill would relax concealed carry restrictions during government-declared states of emergency. However, the bill would not allow people to carry a gun with them into prohibited areas such as hurricane shelters. Supporters aren't quite sure what would happen if people brought their guns with them on the way to a hurricane shelter once they arrived.