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Gun Business, Gun Bills Headline Busy Week

December 10th, 2014 by flanews

2015 is shaping up to be another year where gun issues will be on the front burner.  Matt Galka tells us that new legislation filed to allow firearms on campus as well as good news for the gun business is heating up the conversation as we head into the new year.

Gun shoppers took advantage of deals on the Day after Thanksgiving this year.  Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said it was the busiest Black Friday on record.

“It was actually the third busiest day on record. The first two were December 20 and 21 in 2012 following the Sandy Hook shooting,” said Bailey.

There are about 14,000 background checks in a typical week. There were about 23000 during Thanksgiving according to Bailey.

The boom came right after a shooting on Florida State University’s campus that left three people injured and a gunman dead.  Changes could be on the horizon for student gun owners as well.

A window remains boarded up and has one of the names of the victims from last month’s shooting at Florida State’s Strozier library written on it. Just this week, a bill was filed that would allow concealed carry on campuses.

Marion Hammer with the National Rifle Association says they support the bill, and FSU’s shooting is a reason why.

“There was only one person, at that scene, with a firearm and he happened to be a bad guy that was breaking the law.  So the gun free zone, or the ban of having a firearm on campus, doesn’t stop a bad guy,” said Hammer.

Florida leads the nation in concealed carry permits and went over the one million mark two years ago.

A similar proposal in Florida’s legislature had momentum in 2011 and had a good chance of passing, until Florida State’s current president John Thrasher helped shut the guns on campus bill down in the Senate.

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