Most people have at least heard of the wildly-popular TV show “The Walking Dead” and are familiar with the term “zombie apocalypse.” According to the L.A. Times on April 30, however, a Florida senator has now introduced the term in an amendment to Senate Bill 296.
Senator Jeff Brandes is the original author of Senate Bill 296. His intent was to allow people to carry concealed firearms during a state of emergency without threat of criminal prosecution, whether or not they had the proper concealed carry permit.
The problem with that, according to opponents, is that an emergency could be defined as something like a hurricane. Would you need to carry a concealed weapon to deal with a hurricane?
Enter Senator Dwight Bullard. Bullard filed an amendment to Senate Bill 296 entitled “An act relating to the zombie apocalypse.” Bullard thought the original bill was “laughable” and this was his way of injecting humor into the hotly-contested subject.
Bullard is trying to make a point. “For me, as laughable as the amendment might seem, it’s equally laughable that people who haven’t gone through the proper training, the background check, the license to carry – we’re saying because of a hurricane or flooding or sinkhole, these individuals have gone from gun owners to concealed carry permit holders,” Bullard told the Huffington Post. “I’d argue a crisis is probably the last instance in which you want someone who is not a concealed permit holder to carry a weapon.”
The state of Florida requires training to "provide proof of proficiency with a firearm," as well as a background check for a concealed carry permit. If passed, Senate Bill 296 will eliminate this requirement, depending on how you define the term emergency.
And although many will think this is simply silly politics, Senator Bullard is not the first government representative to bring zombies into play. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control put out a novella, the “Zombie Pandemic.” The publication is actually a survival guide teaching people what they need in a disaster, such as water, a flashlight, extra batteries and a first aid kit, among other things.