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PolitiFact Florida checks Rep. Jim Waldman's claim about packing heat

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In the old days, before Oct. 1, 2011, when folks headed to the beach or a park in some Florida cities, local laws forbade them from strapping a gun to their bathing suit or bringing it along in the picnic basket.

But in the wake of the deadly shooting in Tucson, Florida legislators during the 2011 legislative session took up a slew of pro-gun laws and one -- House Bill 45 -- made it loud and clear that it's up to the state, not each individual city or local government, to set firearm laws. And that means holders of concealed weapons permits are free to bring that gun along with the sunblock and sandwiches to a local or state park.

State law doesn't allow permit holders to bring their guns everywhere -- in fact there's a long list that shows everywhere guns aren't allowed including: 

"Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district;"
"Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;"
"Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms;"
"Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building.""Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law."

State Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, who voted against House Bill 45, wants to expand the restrictions, so he plans to file a bill to ban carrying guns in many local government buildings in Broward County. 

In an Oct. 24 posting on the political blog browardbeat.com, Waldman said: "You are prohibited from walking into the Capitol with a gun, but you can go after the County Commission or the School Board. It is the height of hypocrisy."

Waldman's words drew more than a dozen comments from readers and these caught our eye:

"Jimbo is wrong. It’s legal to bring your gun into the Capitol. It’s illegal to bring it into the chamber, hence the 2nd metal detectors before you enter…"

Another commenter wrote: "Maybe Jim should file a bill to allow guns into the Capitol, instead. Let’s see how the gun nuts go for that."

PolitiFact Florida dives in: did Waldman misfire?

[Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:39pm]

    

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