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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Senate passed a bill which would allow gun owners without a concealed weapon permit to take their guns during emergency evacuations.
The bill (SB 290) passed on a 29-10 vote Tuesday, with only Democrats opposing it.
It allows people to carry a concealed gun without a permit if they are subject to a mandatory evacuation during a hurricane or other emergency. There would be a 48-hour time limit for the exception.
Opponents argued that hurricane shelters are chaotic and stressful, and someone without training and a legal permit shouldn’t be allowed to take a gun into one.
But supporters said the bill will save lives, not endanger them. Some pointed to looting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina as a reason the bill is needed.
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