Senate Bill 234, introduced by Senator Greg Evers (R-2), was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on yesterday and the 4 to 3 vote to PASS the bill did not come until almost 6:00 p.m. It was a heavy agenda with 31 bills to be heard, but Committee Chairman Anitere Flores made sure the bill was heard and voted on before time expired on the meeting. We owe her a special thanks. State Senator Ellyn Bodganoff (R-25) filed an unfriendly amendment to the bill that would have gutted the provisions relating to open carry protection. Her amendment actually would have made it easier for law enforcement to arrest citizens with concealed weapons licenses who are legally carrying and whose firearms become accidentally or unintentionally exposed. Every time a license holder leaves home he or she runs the risk of being arrested and charged with violating the âopen carryâ or âimproper exhibitionâ law, if the firearm becomes exposed. Senator Bogdanoff ultimately withdrew her amendment and then voted AGAINST the bill.

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