Airport Gun Measure Returns for 2017

Posted at 5:40 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 17:40:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - Rep. Jake Raburn, a Lithia Republican, has relaunched an effort to allow people to bring guns into airport terminals.

Raburn filed a bill (HB 6001) on Wednesday that would change the areas of airports where people are prohibited from carrying weapons or firearms. State law currently bans guns from being brought into the passenger terminal of any airport.

The proposal, filed for the 2017 legislative session, wouldn't allow guns to be carried into parts of airports prohibited by federal law.

A similar measure was filed during this year's session, but it did not pass.

Raburn's proposal is among several gun-related proposals expected to resurface during the 2017 session, which begins in March.

Lawmakers have already indicated plans to revive a measure that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses, as well as a separate proposal that would let license holders openly display sidearms in public.