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Miami Herald: Open Carry Bad for Florida Tourism

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By    |   Monday, 25 Jan 2016 10:34 AM

A proposed open carry law in Florida is a wrong-headed idea that will hurt the Sunshine State's reputation as a tourist-friendly vacation mecca, the Miami Herald says in a fiery editorial published Monday.

"Thankfully, Florida lawmakers, just weeks into the 2016 legislative session, have already shot down two gun-related bills that would have added practically nothing to Floridians' safety and security," The Herald writes.

"Good for them — and great for the rest of us. Now they need to step up and bury legislation that remains alive."

Still in play, however, is an open-carry bill which allows gun-owners to openly display their weapons in public.

"More than 40 states already allow residents to carry their guns out in the open, for all to see. But many of them also allow cities and counties to ban it. The proposed Florida law would supersede all local laws," The Herald says.

"But open carry's future, too, is tenuous after the Florida Sheriffs Association proposed an alternative that, instead of allowing the open display of firearms, would protect legal gun owners who inadvertently show their arms. Sen. Diaz de la Portilla has said he would consider it as an amendment to the open-carry law.

"We have a better idea: In a state that wants to be seen as progressive, tourist friendly, business savvy and visionary, there's no place for open carry. Shoot this one down, too."

One of the bills that was shot down would have allowed college students at public schools to carry firearms on campus.

"The altruistic explanation of the need of this bill rested on this scenario: If a shooter stormed into a campus and began picking off students and staff, there would at least be someone else armed on campus who could take the shooter down before first responders arrive," The Herald writes.

"Right. Or it could be a bullet-whizzing shoot-a-thon in which students shoot other students and law enforcement doesn't even know who the bad guy is. Here's the more likely scenario: Students, drunk, mad, lovesick or hormonally volatile would settle their disputes and entanglements with a gun.

"Throw in anger at the professor for a C grade — and the potential for, say, a first-year student's depression to take a tragic turn — and guns on campuses are not just a bad idea, but a dangerous one, too."

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A proposed open carry law in Florida is a wrong-headed idea that will hurt the Sunshine State's reputation as a tourist-friendly vacation mecca, the Miami Herald says in a fiery editorial published Monday.
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