Florida Republican Sen. Greg Steube has submitted two bills for the 2018 Florida legislation session that could advance, and protect gun rights in the state.
The first bill, SB 120, would require businesses and private establishments that prohibit citizens from legally carrying a concealed firearm, to take responsibility for the citizen's safety:
Firearms; Providing legislative intent; requiring a business, organization, or entity that prohibits a concealed weapon or firearm licensee from carrying a weapon or firearm onto its property to assume certain responsibility for the safety and defense of such licensee; providing that the responsibility of such business, organization, or entity extends to the conduct of certain people and animals, etc.
“If a private business wants to prohibit guns in their location that’s fine,” Steube told the Tallahassee Democrat. “But if you’re prohibiting me from carrying, and I’m licensed to carry, then you’re assuming the responsibility to have adequate security in place to protect me.”
Steube also submitted SB 134 — known colloquially as the "courthouse bill" — which would allow licensed firearm carriers to check and store their guns at the courthouse entrance:
Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Authorizing a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to temporarily surrender a weapon or firearm if the licensee approaches courthouse security or management personnel upon arrival and follows their instructions; defining the term “courthouse”; preempting certain ordinances, rules, orders, and regulations that conflict with that definition or with certain rights, etc.
According to the Miami Herald, Steube said Thursday that he drafted this bill because it "would particularly help attorneys to defend themselves, if needed, while entering and leaving courthouses because current law forces visitors to leave their firearms in their vehicles."
Steube is known for passing pro-gun rights legislation, and eliminating gun free zones. In January, Steube introduced SB 140, which would have allowed gun owners to not only carry in airports, but college campuses, public schools, courthouses, legislative committee meetings, and local government meetings.
SB 140 stalled and died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
According to the Miami Herald, the 2018 session begins in January, but lawmakers will begin to hear bills starting in September.
(h/t: Bearing Arms)