When Hurricane Season begins on June 1st, if Floridians have to be evacuated not only will they be allowed to bring their children, their pets and their valuables but will also be allowed to legally carry their guns, even without a weapons permit.
With Gov. Rick Scott’s signature of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency.
Talk about common sense gun laws. While it is true that this isn’t the great leap to Constitutional Carry that we have seen in other states in recent years it is a quantum leap forward in retrospect to how gun owners were treated after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.
As you may recall, after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the authorities, instead of confronting and arresting the roving bands of looters and rapists, decided to confiscate all the guns of law abiding citizens. We all remember how smooth that recovery went.
So it is with a fresh perspective that Florida has once again assured the rights of its citizens to protect themselves in a state of emergency even if they don’t have the “proper paperwork” to exercise their rights. Of course this is said with the understanding and belief of Bullets First that the 2nd Amendment is the only paperwork ever needed to cow the government from its tyrannical notion of gun control.
The particulars of the new law are as such, it creates an exception to Florida’s prohibition against concealed carry of a weapon without a permit by allowing adults not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to temporally do so while evacuating. The law allows for a 48-hour window that this would be allowed after the evacuation has been ordered. However, the governor can authorize an extension as needed.
Some who do not live in the state may think this is a rare occurrence but in truth such evacuation orders occur frequently, most often associated with hurricane threats. Florida, with hundreds of miles of coastline in the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, is prone to severe hurricanes. Since 2000, no less than 63 tropical or subtropical cyclones have affected Florida, more than any other state.