Bill addressing backyard gun ranges heads to Gov. Rick Scott
Perhaps the least controversial gun-related measure before the Legislature this session is on its way to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's desk for his signature.
SB 130 would make it a misdemeanor crime to fire a gun outdoors recreationally, including for target shooting, in a primarily residential area.
It's aimed at protecting public safety by prohibiting backyard gun ranges in densely populated areas. Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, said the bill was prompted by the growth of such ranges, which he said are set up "sometimes in a haphazard fashion."
The Senate passed it unanimously last week, and the House did the same Wednesday evening.