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‘Courthouse carry’ proposal filed in house

A measure that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses was filed Monday in the state House for the 2018 Legislative Session.

The proposal (HB 383) by Rep. Cord Byrd, a Neptune Beach Republican, is identical to a measure (SB 134) filed in August by Senate Judiciary Chairman Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican.

Concealed-weapons license holders are currently prohibited from bringing firearms into courthouses. A similar proposal was approved during the 2017 Session by the Senate in a 19-15 vote. But the House did not take it up as other bills backed by Second Amendment advocates failed to get approved by the Senate.

The 2018 Session starts in January.

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