Florida’s zombie apocalypse amendment probably will have even people in favor of gun control laws scratching their heads in bewilderment. One thing is for certain: the proposed change to the concealed carry law is either “walking dead” or “undead on arrival,” depending on what corny zombie joke fits your mood.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Florida zombie attack became infamous when Rudy Eugene, a Miami cannibal who was shot dead by police in 2012 as he chewed off a homeless man’s face. But just earlier this year another Florida zombie attack involved a man with a carving knife slowly shambling his way toward cops and he would not stop even after police shot him.
Fortunately, in the case of the Florida zombie apocalypse amendment it’s apparently politics rearing its ugly head and not the walking dead. This particular horror story started with Florida Senate Bill 296, which was filed last fall by Republican Senator Jeff Brandes and was intended to address a loophole in the Florida concealed carry laws. This was how the SB 296 bill is described:
“Carrying a Concealed Weapon or a Concealed Firearm; Providing an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm while in the act of complying with a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency, etc.”
Now Democratic Senator Dwight Bullard has become well known for proposing various Florida gun control laws and also for opposing any of the expansions to the Stand Your Ground laws (see our article on how the so-called Trayvon Martin gun control laws are losing to laws like Stand Your Ground). The original title for SB 296 described an “act related to carrying a concealed weapon or firearm,” but Bullard apparently felt it would be funny to turn this concealed carry law into a gun control statement by changing the title to an “act relating to the zombie apocalypse.”
Of course, to have a full blown zombie apocalypse requiring the intervention of Frank West would require more than a few Florida zombie attacks. But in this case it can probably be safely assumed Bullard is indirectly making an attack on the concealed carry law by essentially claiming it will never be necessary right before the senate will consider it today. While the Senate page never specifically outlines the reason for the amendment on the website, the reason Brandes introduced the bill was to allow citizens to carry their weapons during hurricane evacuations while concealed, which normally requires a permit within the state.
Well, if a zombie apocalypse does happen to break out then this handy-dandy Florida zombie map should explain everything since Bullard represents areas near Miami: