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In a Senate filled with 24 Republicans and only 15 Democrats, one would expect bills supporting or expanding gun rights to be approved, but that’s not the case with three key gun rights bills in Florida. One of the bills would have allowed concealed carry weapons to be carried up to the doors of a courthouse. Another bill would have removed the penalty for anyone in the state to accidently reveal their gun and the third bill would have allowed concealed carry weapons in private schools, daycare and religious institutions. All three bills were essentially killed before they ever came to the floor for a vote They were killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The authors of the bills are not sure if they will try to reintroduce any of the bills in the upcoming 2018 session.

(Sun Sentinel) – With the 2018 legislative session still more than a month away, gun-related measures might have died Tuesday in the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has been a stumbling block in recent years for Second Amendment-related bills, narrowly rejected proposals that sought to allow Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms up to the entrances of courthouses (SB 134); inadvertently display handguns (SB 148); and pack heat at religious institutions that include private schools or day-care facilities (SB 274).

Also, committee Chairman Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican who sponsored two of the proposals, said after the meeting he has no intention of reviving some more-controversial measures from past years. Those measures sought to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms and to carry guns into airport terminals and on university and college campuses.

Hopefully, the sponsors of those bills will try again in 2018, especially SB 174 that would allow people to conceal carry at church. The more people sitting in church with a legal concealed carry weapon, the less likely anyone will target that church like the one Sutherland Springs. I’ve yet to see a shooting take place at a church that has made it known that it is a gun friendly church.

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