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Did you know that Florida gun owners can legally conceal carry in times of a weather crisis?  That’s right. As a revamp of a bill in 2014, which was shot down during the last minutes of political maneuvering, the bill was passed with a smooth 29-10 vote in Senate and 86-26 vote in the House, last year.

“As Hurricane Season approaches it’s critical that our rights are protected during natural disasters,” advised Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-Petersburg, in a statement. “With the signing of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency. I’m proud to have sponsored this bipartisan bill ensuring that we have the right to protect our families during these sometimes chaotic times.”

This would include the upcoming hurricane Matthew that is about to hit the coast of Florida, twice.

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This bill created an exception to the prohibition, in Florida, which did not allow concealed carry of a weapon without also having a permit. The newer law actually allows these adults to conceal carry during a 48-hour window after an evacuation has been announced.

“This bill is a no-brainer, particularly in Florida with our hurricane exposure,” Marion Hammer, president of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida and past president of the National Rifle Association, told Guns.com Thursday. “When you’re ordered to evacuate — to take your kids, your dog and valuables and flee — the last thing you should leave behind is your gun.”

Some people get confused as to how a person can own guns but not have a concealed carry permit. You can legally carry a gun in your home and in your vehicle since it is an extension of your home. However, without a permit, you cannot carry it in a concealed manner.

So, make sure you practice your gun rights and protect yourself during these monstrous storms. Hooligans use chaos to loot and destruct, so there may be a need to defend yourself.

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