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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – State Rep. Anthony Sabatini wants backing from lawmakers to hold a special legislative session about a “constitutional carry” gun proposal.

Sabatini, a Republican who is running for Congress, made the request Wednesday, two days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill that will allow people in Georgia to carry concealed handguns without first getting licenses from the state.

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Sabatini, who has frequently clashed with legislative leaders, has proposed constitutional carry bills in recent years, but they have not moved forward. He is trying to use a process of polling lawmakers to force a special session on the issue.

Under state law, Sabatini would have to get 20 percent of the Legislature, or 32 members, to file letters of support for a special session with the Department of State. If the 20 percent mark is reached, the department would have seven days to poll lawmakers.

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A session would be held if it is supported by three-fifths of the House and three-fifths of the Senate.

Sabatini is the second Republican lawmaker trying to use the process to go around leaders to spur a special session. Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, St. Petersburg, has been awaiting an announcement from the Department of State on his request for lawmakers to be polled about a special session on property insurance. Brandes dropped off more than the required 32 letters of support on Monday.

Lawmakers will begin a special session Tuesday on congressional redistricting, but the insurance and gun issues are not included.

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