** ROUND 8 ** HELP Restore Rights to Concealed Weapons License Holders in Florida
House Bill 517, introduced by state Representative Chris Dorworth (R) has been scheduled to be heard in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. HB 517 would make three much needed changes to the Florida "Right-to-Carry" law -- also known as the Concealed Weapons Licensing law and it would also conform Florida‚s firearms purchase law with federal law. The bill basically does the four following things: 1. Provides that concealed weapons license holders may also carry openly -- to prevent license holders from being charged with the crime of violating the "Open Carry" law because a concealed firearm accidentally or inadvertently became visible. 2. Removes the prohibition against concealed weapons license holders carrying firearms on college and university campuses for lawful self-defense. 3. Provides that concealed weapons license holders may store a firearm in a private vehicle anywhere the vehicle is lawfully parked except those places that are exempted under s. 790.251(7) -- the parking lot law. 4. Removes the obsolete firearms purchase in contiguous state law, previously required by federal law for out of state purchases of long guns, and replaces it with language to conform to current federal requirements that allows purchase of long guns in other states.