Florida gun owners may soon have the right to carry their weapons in the open if a group of lawmakers has its way. Senate Bill 234 would allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to begin carrying weapons openly. More than 40 states already allow it.
“Those people who have rigorous background checks, those people who are law abiding citizens, should not be punished for showing their guns in public,” said Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey). “It won’t be like the wild west where everyone is wearing a gun.”
However, security expert Rod Reder believes it will lead to more shooting accidents. Reder is a former Hillsborough Sheriff’s Captain. “I see kids grabbing the guns, people snagging them on their seat belts,” said Reder, who has a concealed weapons permit and supports the Second Amendment. “Plus, bad guys now know that you’re armed. I don’t want people to know I’m armed.”