Reminder To Florida Residents: Your Governor Signed A Bill Allowing Concealed Carry During Emergency Evacuations

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Now a Florida resident, I get to (potentially) see how things are handled during a state of emergency with the present danger of Hurricane Irma. With this emergency, I recalled a few years back that Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that allows the concealed carry of firearms during an emergency evacuation, regardless of whether the person has a permit to carry.

The bill allows for a 48-hour window of permitless carry, and will come in handy for many of those affected by this storm.

SB 290 — Carrying a Concealed Weapon or a Concealed Firearm – This bill allows a concealed weapon or firearm to be carried for 48 hours during a mandatory evacuation order declared during a state of emergency.

The bill (SB 290), which the Florida House approved by a 86-26 vote back in April of 2015, was drafted as a response to Hurricane Katrina when many gun owners faced charges after they took their firearms with them when fleeing their homes.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a StealthGearUSA Revolution holster.

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