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Update: Zombie Apocalypse Florida gun amendment

April 30, 2014

Here’s a small update to the story about Florida Senator Bullard’s proposed amendment to change the purpose section of a gun control bill that is currently:

An act relating to carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm; amending s. 790.01, F.S.; providing an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when complying with a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency; providing an effective date.

As reported in the previous ZombieLaw post, Senator Bullard proposed to change it to

An act relating to the zombie apocalypse; amending s. 790.01, F.S.; providing an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when complying with a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency; providing an effective date.

News13 explains “Florida Senate to consider ‘zombie apocalypse’ bill amendment“:

There are several possible things that could happen with Bullard’s amendment. It could be passed, it could be rejected, or Bullard has the option of withdrawing his amendment before it is even considered by the Senate. If Bullard withdraws his amendment, you might say that it’s “undead upon arrival.”

Update from the Orlando Sentinel: “‘Zombie apocalypse’ in the Florida Senate?” by Aaron Deslatte:

The Senate briefly took up the bill Wednesday, but postponed action without deciding the fate of the zombie amendment.

Is there a video clip?? The Florida Senate runs a live feed, so zombies may enjoy sitting and watching the Senators all day. Not sure if it’s coming back or if they’ll read “zombie apocalypse” on the floor of their Senate or vote on it or what…

It’s crazy, but I still want the framed version (and the T-shirt! or the beach towel, playing cards, and napkins!)

zombie apocalypse amendment framed printzombie florida law tshirts

Earlier this month in the Miami Herald, Fred Grimm referred to the underlying bill as “Zombie Apocalypse bill comes to life“.

Why not legislatively define some emergencies as “zombie apocalypse”? Is there no situation in which the state declares “anarchy” and people can leave their homes and flee to the hills? Of course another government might declare martial law and we’ll have jurisdictional issues and we can let courts debate the limits later.

Senator Bullard’s amendment could help to provide clearer legislative history to explain the purpose of this exemption and the extreme emergencies for which it is applicable. Senator Bullard’s amendment might increase support for the bill and maybe this bill amendment could become a real zombie law!

Of course, that’s unlikely. More likely that you’ll buy this amendment on a t-shirt; still pretty unlikely.

Presumably the whole purpose of Bullard’s amendment is to call attention to this pending gun legislation, and I doubt he expects this amendment to actually succeed, and even if it did, I sort of assume he still opposes the bill? Still, he really has hit on the best reasoning for why this kind of temporary gun permit suspension law might be considered as necessary by some gun rights advocates.

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