In the wake of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting and the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting, Senator Greg Steube filed several gun bills repealing state mandated “gun free zones” such as airports and college campuses for the 2017 session. The Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale shootings had something in common: They both occurred in places where private citizens were banned from carrying permitted concealed handguns. Our Colleges and Universities are “Gun Free Zones” and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves.
We would have expected a big debate on these gun bills, but we did not know they would never get a fair hearing in any committee. In the 2016 session, the open carry and campus carry bills passed the House and were sent to the Senate. Republican Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, refused to allow these bills to be heard. That meant one Senator killed the bills for the 2016 session. [Read more…] about What happened to gun bills in the 2017 legislative session?