TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A bill that would allow weapons to be openly carried in Florida has cleared a House subcommittee.The Criminal Justice subcommittee on Tuesday voted 10-3 to approve bill HB 517.
State Rep. Chris Dorworth is sponsoring the bill. The Lake Mary Republican said the bill's purpose is to prevent charges against people with concealed weapon permits who accidentally show their weapons.
He uses the example of wind blowing a person's jacket open.
Law enforcement and retail business groups oppose the bill. A National Rifle Association representative endorsed it.
A Senate committee voted for a companion bill (SB 234) on Monday. That bill had a section allowing guns on college campuses, but it was removed after objections from students, parents and campus police chiefs.