For years, Florida Capitol Police asked gun owners to check their firearms at the door. Not anymore.
Since a law in October made it easier to carry concealed weapons into the 1.2 million-square-foot government headquarters in Tallahassee, Senate security relies on alert buttons installed on the phones of lawmakers and staffers that let them instantly listen in to events.
“I don’t think panic buttons are going to be very helpful if somebody charges into your office with a gun,” said Senator Nan Rich, a Weston (82339MF) (82339MF) Democrat who opposed the measure.
The law, which prohibits cities and counties from regulating firearms without the state’s permission, is among changes in recent years that have made Florida (BEESFL) a national laboratory for firearm regulations.