Brevard County Commission votes 4-1 in favor of resolution to support expanding the lawful statewide open carry of firearms


The Brevard County Commission met on Tuesday in Viera.

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The Brevard County Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of a resolution in support of the expansion of the lawful statewide open carry of firearms. 

“The fact is this resolution doesn’t seek in any way to expand the pool of potential firearm owners,” said commission chairman Bryan Lober during the Commission meeting. “It doesn’t seek to expand the locations in which firearms can be lawfully carried. The proposal only seeks an expansion in the manner in which law-abiding citizens may legally carry firearms.”

Commissioner Rita Pritchett voted against the measure.

“I do believe that people should carry guns,” said Pritchett at the meeting. “I think that people should get their permits and carry them. I’m just struggling right now with where I’m landing on open carry.”

“We’ll agree on 80 percent of it and disagree on 20, so be it,” said County Commissioner Bryan Lober in response to Pritchett’s explanation. 

The commission also approved a clause to the resolution from Commissioner John Tobia that “would allow citizens that have reached an age majority with clean records to lawfully purchase certain firearms, the ones that they had the rights to purchase before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Bill.”

Though Pritchett voted against the resolution, she said she supported Tobia’s idea.

“I just think it’s fair,” Pritchett said. “If you’re going to send them over to risk their life for the nation and you’re going to treat them like adults doing that, we should let them be adults and make adult decisions and make mistakes so I’m with you on whatever you do with that, sir.”

County Commissioner Curt Smith, whose district includes the Viera-Suntree area, also supported the resolution.

“I guess this is probably going to be one of those emotional issues that people are going to be on one side or the other,” Smith said.

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