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Concealed weapons permit OK for voting, says bill heading for Gov. Scott's desk



Florida’s 1.4 million concealed weapons permit holders will be able to use their identification cards to vote under a bill that passed the Florida Legislature and is heading to Gov. Rick Scott for his approval.

The Florida House voted 110-0 today to allow concealed weapons permit cards and veteran health cards as part of a list of acceptable forms of ID to be able to vote.

Besides a state-issued driver’s licenses, voters currently can show a list of other photo IDs including U.S. passports, military ID cards, neighborhood association cards, retirement center IDs and public assistance ID cards.

A pair of Pasco County legislators, Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, and Rep. Danny Burgess Jr., R-San Antonio, sponosored the legislation.

The same bill passed the Senate with no opposition earlier this month and now heads to the governor for his approval. If Scott signs the bill before the March 15 presidential primary election in Florida, it would allow concealed weapons permits as acceptable forms of ID as soon as that vote.


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:49pm]


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