FORT MYERS, Fla-The Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms. But now, some Florida lawmakers want to take that right a step further. In March, Senator Greg Evers plans on filing a bill that would allow gun owners with concealed-weapon permits to carry openly.
Roberta Stevens of Cape Coral would like to see Florida become an open-carry state.
"I think it's better when it's open," said Stevens.
Stevens and her friend John Gerba both want Senate Bill 234 to pass in the Spring for the same reason.
"Protection," said Gerba.
But opponents of the open-carry bill say it makes gun carriers an easy target.
"If I'm a bad guy and I'm going to rob 7 Eleven, and you're standing in front of me, I'm going to assault you because you pose the biggest threat to me because you display a firearm," said Josh Hackman, the general manager of Fowler Firearms in Fort Myers.
Hackman tells WINK News he doesn't see anything positive with someone carrying a gun in the open.
"It's unsafe to a point, because a lot of people don't practice certain techniques and training for weapon retention. If you're going to carry a firearm in the open, you need to be able to keep someone from taking it from you," explained Hackman.