Defeating harmful legislation backed by the gun lobby
Giffords worked with local leaders in 2017 to defeat Senate Bill 140, a dangerous “guns everywhere” bill that would have made it harder for law enforcement to do their jobs, and made Florida communities less safe. The bill would have allowed individuals to openly carry loaded firearms and eliminated most of Florida’s restrictions on guns in K-12 schools and at college or university facilities. It would also have eliminated certain sensitive area restrictions where it was previously unlawful for licensees to carry concealed firearms, including airports, career centers, and courthouses. Giffords also condemned the passage of Senate Bill 128, which expanded Florida’s controversial stand your ground law, making it harder for law enforcement to prosecute stand your ground cases. Florida now requires the burden of proof to be on the prosecution to overcome immunity for a stand your ground claim, a dangerous change that makes it easier for people to shoot first and ask questions later.
Floridians would also be impacted by a gun lobby-backed bill currently under consideration in Congress. This legislation, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would force each state to accept the concealed carry laws of every other state, even if their standards for carrying a loaded, hidden gun in public are weaker. Giffords is working with Congressional leaders and Florida stakeholders to highlight the public safety risks Florida would face from federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity.
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