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Senator Pizzo, District 38 — Press Release


March 15, 2017

CONTACT: Anders Croy, 850-488-9622

Senator Campbell and Representative Duran File Bills to Strengthen Public Safety

Tallahassee —

Tallahassee, FL –Senator Daphne Campbell (D-Miami) and Representative Nick Duran (D-Miami) have respectively filed HB 1355 and SB 956, which would strengthen public safety standards regarding the acquisition of concealed weapons and firearms. If enacted, these bills would require applicants to undergo a mental health evaluation by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to determine whether they are competent and of sound mind.

"Strengthening our standards when it comes to mental health and possession of firearms is a pragmatic and reasonable measure," declared Representative Nick Duran. "If we are going to entertain legislation allowing people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry on university and college campuses, and in airport terminals then we should also have a thoughtful discussion on ensuring those people are not suffering from a serious mental illness that might endanger themselves or others."

Currently Florida’s concealed weapons licensing criteria relating to mental health only prohibits individuals who have been committed to mental institutions from receiving concealed weapons licenses.

"To protect Floridians we must keep deadly weapons out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable," proclaimed Senator Daphne Campbell. "It’s only responsible that we take a forward-looking approach to public safety and try to solve problems on the front end. This bill will help identify those members of our society who need treatment while ensuring that they don’t make a mistake that could potentially take the lives of others."