Florida will include gun safety tips with weapons licenses

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced change Wednesday

FILE - A man demonstrates with a firearm holster that one could use with a Concealed Weapons Permit. (Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida will begin adding gun storage safety tips when it mails concealed weapons licenses to its residents, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said at a news conference Wednesday.

It will encourage people to keep their guns locked, unloaded and stored in a separate place than ammunition, among other tips. The goal is to prevent accidental shootings and to keep guns out of the hands of children, said Fried, who is a gun owner.

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“We believe (that) increasing education about these simple safety measures will help save lives,” said Fried, a Democrat whose department oversees concealed weapons licensing.

Democratic state Rep. Dan Daley said the Republican-dominated Legislature has failed to take up gun safety measures.

“Nobody’s coming for your guns. I think we just want to be safe and take a step in the right direction,” said Daley, who is a gun owner.

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