WASHINGTON – All but two Florida Republican House members helped pass legislation yesterday that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring their weapons to other states.
The NRA-backed legislation was approved 231-198. Among the 14 Republican opponents were Miami Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Republicans said the reciprocity measure, a top priority of the National Rifle Association, would allow gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits.
Opponents, mostly Democrats, said the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns.