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Rep. James Grant's first two bills: Guns and sex



Freshman lawmaker James Grant, a 20-something Republican from Tampa, has filed his first two bills. The topics? Guns and sex.

One bill would create a two-day sales tax holiday in October for gun purchases.

"That one's kind of up in the air," Grant said. "There are some that think if that one passes that would create a registry of those who take advantage of the sales tax. If that happens we will not pursue that bill. There's a privacy concern." Grant said he filed the bill to boost the economy by encouraging gun purchases that might not otherwise be made.

The other bill would define simulated sex acts as obscenity. Grant said he filed that bill because a school principal who imposed the faces of children on pictures of adults engaged in sex acts avoided charges.

"Under current state law it's not illegal because they were simulated," Grant said.

Grant is the son of former longtime Florida lawmaker John Grant.

[Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:27pm]


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