Don Gaetz files amendment in attempt to resurrect open carry of guns proposal

Florida guns 2 (Large)

Sen. Don Gaetz is hoping to breathe new life into a proposal that allows concealed weapon permit holders to openly carry their weapons.

The Niceville Republican filed an amendment Wednesday evening to a bill (SB 612) sponsored by Sen. Alan Hays that looks to remove slungshots from the state’s concealed weapon law.

Hays’ bill allows slungshots to be manufactured and sold, allows dealers to sell to a minor, and allows people to conceal the weapon. It does not address open carry laws.

Gaetz is hoping to change that. His amendment contains much of the same language contained in a bill he filed earlier this session.

The measure cleared the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, but stalled when Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, the Miami Republican who heads up the Senate Judiciary Committee, refused to hear the bill.

The amendment allows a person who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon to “openly carry such weapon or firearm.”

The bill is scheduled to be discussed Thursday.

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster


  • Howard Lardell

    March 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Stop the madness.

  • Chanaku

    March 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Only purpose of a gun is to kill, every gun owner is a potential killer.

    • john

      March 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      That is the one of the most ridiculous things I have heard someone say. Hate to bring up that 1 out of every person you encounter on a daily basis is carrying a firearm. So your statement is invalid.

  • darlene jackson

    March 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    NO bill allowing people to carry open weapons in florida or any other state. putting innocent lives in danger. i nor my family will visit or vacation any state that will allow people to carry open weapons on their person. and i will tell everybody i know to call their senators and senators of other states and tell them the same thing. in the name of our Lord Jesus, Amen, so be it,and God see’s to it!

    • Michael randall

      March 5, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Hate to break it to you but … florida is one of the last state’s out of i think 6 or 7 that only allow concealed carry of a firearm. All others allow both… so have fun vacationing in Chicago as that state has the highest crime rate of all of the u.s. and on another note one less show bird in florida won’t hurt my feelings…

  • Michael J. Burnham

    March 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    The less carrying arms the fewer get shot. Guns don’t kill people, people do.

  • Luis

    March 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Responsible gun owners can and will make a difference. We have rights and we will exercise and defend those rights.

  • Great!

    March 3, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    No carrying guns especially around families at all .

  • Frederick Johnson

    March 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Don’t do it not cool!

Comments are closed.


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 @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

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

Sign up for Sunburn