Lori Berman refiles bill to ban guns at ‘sensitive locations’ like libraries, churches
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 1/4/23-Sen. Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, speaks during the Agriculture Committee, Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Violators would face felony charges.

Libraries, parks, child care facilities, government buildings and many other “sensitive locations” would be off limits to people carrying firearms under a measure Boynton Beach Democratic Sen. Lori Berman filed this month.

The bill (SB 130) also lists nursing homes, houses of worship, zoos, drug treatment centers, group shelters, public transportation facilities, bars, marijuana dispensaries, entertainment venues and all education institutions as no-go zones for gun toters.

Violators would face a third-degree felony charge if caught with a weapon and a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, if they fire the gun on the premises. Police, security personnel and legally authorized government employees would be exempt from the rule.

Berman’s bill comes less than five months after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation removing the requirement for lawful firearm owners to obtain a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. The measure was titled “Public Safety.” It passed in the Legislature along party lines, with Republicans supporting it, and became law July 1.

Reduced restraints on concealed carry laws are associated with 13-15% increases in violent crime rates within 10 years of adoption, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. The same study found that so-called “stand your ground laws,” which allow people to use deadly force if they feel in danger of death or grave harm, are linked to an 8-11% increase in monthly gun homicide rates.

Florida now has both.

Berman’s bill isn’t a response to the new permitless carry law. She filed an identical bill during the 2023 Legislative Session. Both it and its House twin, sponsored by St. Petersburg Democratic Rep. Michele Rayner — died without a hearing.

SB 130 is one of 10 measures Berman announced Tuesday as part of her “Safety and Security Agenda” for the 2024 Legislative Session.

Others include a ban on assault weapons, increases to teacher salaries, expanded parental leave for state employees and a codification of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism.

“My focus this Session,” she said in a statement, “is to ensure that all Floridians have protections that will empower them to be healthy, prosperous and safe.”

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  • Rick Whitaker

    October 14, 2023 at 7:04 am


    • Chip T.

      October 14, 2023 at 8:45 am

      Because communists hate guns and individual freedom.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 15, 2023 at 5:32 am


    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

      October 15, 2023 at 10:21 am

      Good mornting America,
      *note to the wise – free bumper sticker for everyone who comments on this latest “Earl” knowledge drop … keep reading to the end for details!!!!*
      Leftists dont like liberaries because they contain too much truth and not yet enough Dook 4 Brains Leftist propaganda. Lori’s handlers want the citizens to be unable to defend themselves from attack in liberaries so citizens will stay far far away from liberaries and remain uneducated Dook 4 Brains Leftist Pawns.
      Pretty much the same for Churches but Dook 4 Brains Leftists hate Churches even more than they hate liberaries.
      Lori: HEII TO THE NO.
      Thank you America,
      This nugget of “Pure “D” Truth” has been brought to you by The Esteamed Political Truth Teller “The Earl of Politics”
      You are welcome America,
      Earl Pitts “Be More Like Earl” American

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 15, 2023 at 8:07 pm


  • Ray Blacklidge

    October 14, 2023 at 7:20 am

    Unfortunately Churches seem to attract violent disgruntled people who enter with the intention of physically hurting others. Statistically Churches with armed individuals are safer than those without. Leave guns in Churches to protect families.

    • Biscuit

      October 14, 2023 at 9:16 am

      Sounds like Chip has a chip on his shoulder. What’s the matter, did communists beat you up on the playground when you were a little boy?
      Stupid human.

      • Chip T.

        October 14, 2023 at 11:49 pm

        Nothing you said even makes sense…you really should not be allowed to vote, Dumb A$$

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 15, 2023 at 5:43 am

          so you want to take voting rights away from people that don’t agree with you. that’s called facism

          • Chip T.

            October 15, 2023 at 7:59 am

            Mentally challenged people should not be allowed to vote; clearly you and ole sea biscuit fall into that category. And since you are obviously a low information voter, fascist, socialism, communism and other political terms that your kind like to use, LOVE gun control…so, ring ring kettle.

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 16, 2023 at 5:38 am


    • TJC

      October 14, 2023 at 9:18 am

      I’d be interested to know what statistics you are referring to. In my culture, when a person purports to have useful information, they offer the actual statistic and cite the source. Otherwise it’s just a claim.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 15, 2023 at 5:50 am

        it’s called a maga cult statistic, you make them up as you go along.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 15, 2023 at 5:41 am

      it’s maga haters that shoot up churches, so i guess we need to take guns away from maga cultist, afterall the leader of the maga cult is a criminal. churches is where superstitious people go to plot taking away freedoms from people that don’t go to church. if you want to take guns to church, go ahead, i won’t be there to get shot when somebody drops one and it goes off. i’m sure jesus would love guns in churches. do gun lovers kiss their guns

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

      October 15, 2023 at 10:30 am

      Ray you are a fine upstanding American “Truth Teller Patriot” very much like me, Earl Pitts American. Most likely, Ray, you are a child from my “be fruitfull and multiply” days. Back then I saw my main method of saving the world from Dook 4 Brains Leftism as populating the planet with as many “Mini-Me Earls” as possable.
      Welcome home “Little Earl” my fine upstanding Son.
      Earl Pitts “Everybody’s Daddy” American

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 15, 2023 at 8:09 pm


  • Dorine

    October 14, 2023 at 7:35 am

    So what this Democrat is saying is that she wants to ensure that when someone who has criminal intent, mental illness or is a terrorist show up at a library, park, child care facility, government building or other “sensitive location” she wants to ensure that they are able to kill, maim and take hostages without any interference ..

    • TJC

      October 14, 2023 at 9:28 am

      If she wanted to say that, she would have. But she didn’t. What she is saying is that some measures must be put into place to ensure that no one — with or without criminal intent — is carrying a gun in that place.
      When Ron DeSantis had a victory celebration at the Tampa Convention Center last November, he asked that guns be banned from the event and asked that the Center take the blame for banning them. They refused.
      So, what was Ron up to? Was he trying to get his supporters killed by an armed person with criminal intent who might barge into the celebration. Or was he trying to protect his valuable ass?
      According to your logic, what he “is saying is that (he) wants to ensure that when someone who has criminal intent, mental illness or is a terrorist…(he) wants to ensure that they are able to kill, maim and take hostages without any interference.”
      That’s all on you, Dorine.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 15, 2023 at 5:58 am

      no she isn’t. she wants places with children and innocent people to have safety from rednecks with guns looking for someone to shoot. haven’t you got the memo, the more people with guns, the more shootings. don’t believe that nra nonsense, they are just trying to sell you guns, much like the tobacco industry that used to be on tv telling you how great their cigarettes were. you are a maga cultist, right?

      • Chip T.

        October 15, 2023 at 8:07 am

        After reading your nonsense let me sum you up. You stood in line for the first clot shot, got multiple boosters and you still hate the unvaccinated and of course orange man. In the not so distant future you will experience a sudden event and doctors will be baffled. At least we hope….

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 15, 2023 at 8:18 pm

          wacko chip. boy are you eat up with maga or Qanon or something so strange i haven’t even heard of it. your comment was REAL strange, you listen to alex jones or bannon for sure. i bet you believe in that christian bullshit. what a loser!

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

      October 15, 2023 at 10:39 am

      Exactly Beautiful Dorine,
      Thats why all us Patriots oppose Lori’s stupid, nonsencical, idiotic, dangerous, un-American, bill of a disgusting Dook 4 Brains bill which will never even get out of committee in the Legislature of The Great Free State of Florida.
      Read my reply to Ray “Pitts American” Blackledge above, as I’m pretty sure he’s your 1/2 brother from another mother.
      Welcome home Dorine ” Pitts American”,
      Earl Pitts “Everybody’s Daddy” American

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 15, 2023 at 8:18 pm


  • Sonja Fitch

    October 15, 2023 at 5:18 am

    EVERY DAY AMERICANS live in “sensitive danger!”! EVERY DAY AMERICANS DO NOT have guns! EVERY DAY AMERICANS DO NOT NEED Guns! Any and all guns are the kill weapon of choice! NO GUNS! Peace !

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

      October 15, 2023 at 10:45 am

      I dont think you are one of my offspring. So please dont start using the name Sonja “Pitts American” Fitch to try and elevate your status amoungst the wise people of the planet.
      Thank you Sonja,
      Earl Pitts “Everybidy’s Daddy except Sonja’s” American

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 15, 2023 at 8:19 pm


  • It’s Complicated

    October 15, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Of course, only law-abiding citizens would obey a law creating more gun free zones. Mass shooters and criminals won’t. Not to mention Sen. Berman isn’t capable of getting the bill heard in a committee, so it’s just a posturing exercise.

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