Florida: Goodbye, Gunshine

Goodbye, "Gunshine"

If Floridians felt a cool breeze last week, it might have been the entire state breathing a collective sigh of relief. The legislature voted unanimously to close a legal loophole that allowed anyone to carry a gun -- "pack a piece," in the parlance of Miami Vice -- so long as it was visible.

A new gun law that went into effect Oct. 1 liberalized requirements for owning and carrying a concealed weapon, but inadvertently erased a ban on openly carrying sidearms. Many residents feared that Miami, already saddled with one of the nation's highest homicide rates, would become the Dodge...

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