- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A House and Senate committee both approved a bill that would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners.

The bill flew through the Senate Appropriations committee, but did meet some resistance in the House.

Some insurance companies would prefer not to insure gun owners and others have a different set of rates. Supporters of the bill say it’s illegal to discriminate against a citizen who is exercising their constitutional right to own firearms.

Both House and Senate versions of the bill have gone through all committees and are ready to be heard on the floor.

National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer said the bill gives teeth to established anti-discrimination laws and provides recourse for victims. Some insurance companies say there is greater risk of claims from gun owners.

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