Bill on guns, emergency evacuations goes to Senate floor

concealed weapon gun

A bill allowing gun owners without concealed weapon permits to take their guns along during emergency evacuations appears to have a good chance of passing this year.

SB 822 will go to the floor of the Florida Senate on Tuesday after getting approval in all three of its required committee stops. A Senate committee killed it last year.

The state House passed the bill last year, and House committees have acted favorably on it again this year.

Past opponents of the measure, including the Florida Sheriff’s Association, back this year’s version after sponsors added stricter requirements, including a 48-hour time limit and a definition of evacuation. Last year, opponents mocked the bill, saying it would allow people to take their guns to a riot.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704