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Copyright 1987 Florida State University Law Review.

Florida State University Law Review

REVIEW OF FLORIDA LEGISLATION; COMMENT: CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS IN SELF-DEFENSE: FLORIDA ADOPTS UNIFORM REGULATIONS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS

WINTER, 1987

15 Fla. St. U.L. Rev. 751

Author

Richard Getchell

Excerpt

THE FLORIDA Constitution provides that the right of citizens to keep and bear arms in self-defense and in defense of the state "shall not be infringed." 1 However, "the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law." 2 To further the citizens' right to bear arms in self-defense, during the 1987 Legislative Session the Florida Legislature passed two laws 3 regulating the carrying of concealed weapons and firearms. The broad intent of these laws was to preempt county and local firearms regulation in order to obtain uniformity of laws throughout the state 4 and to allow law-abiding citizens to obtain permits to carry concealed weapons for purposes of self-defense. 5

The constitutional debate over the right to bear arms rages on; however, the intricacies of that debate go beyond the scope of this Comment. In this Comment, the author surveys concealed weapons regulations throughout the states in order to put Florida's law in perspective, and reviews the history of the firearms laws in Florida. The author also provides an in-depth legislative history and analysis of the 1987 acts and an assessment of how the Legislature might improve Florida's law in future sessions. Finally, the author discusses the action taken during the 1987 Special Session to close a perceived loophole in the new law.

I. The Concealed Weapons Debate: Background

The controversy among various organizations, individuals, and citizens' groups over whether it is proper for law-abiding citizens to carry weapons has resulted in the polarization of proponents ...
 
 
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