“I can’t tell you exactly when, but I’m pretty confident that I will be able to sign ‘constitutional carry’ into law in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune.
“The Legislature will get it done. I can’t tell you if it’s going to be next week, six months, but I can tell you that before I am done as governor, we will have a signature on that bill,” DeSantis added.
Currently, Florida gun owners are required to have a permit in order to conceal carry in the state.
Constitutional carry is exactly as it’s billed: It allows any adult who does not have a disqualifying event such as a felony conviction or a mental defect, to carry a firearm in public without a license, just as 2nd Amendment proponents say it should.
In April, the state of Georgia became the 25th state to make constitutional carry legal, when Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation approving the measure, said the National Rifle Association.
HUGE NEWS—@GovRonDeSantis announced today that he is ALL IN for Constitutional Carry!
For 3 years, Anti-2A RINOs in the Legislature have BLOCKED my Constitutional Carry Bill
& so-called “republican” Senators REFUSED to file it, calling it “controversial”
THANK YOU DeSantis! 🇺🇸
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) April 29, 2022
In a statement that Kemp made with the signing, he cited the growing problem of crime across America as one reason for the urgent need for such legislation.
“Across the country, we are witnessing liberal states and cities demonize law enforcement, defund local police departments, undermine public safety, and threaten the security of countless American families,” said the Kemp statement.
The passage comes amidst continued Democrat rhetoric that vows to crack down on gun ownership in America.
Recently Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat challenger for the gubernatorial race in Texas had vowed to take away “your AR-15, your AK-47,” from Texas gun owners.
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke declared, echoing a promise he made during his aborted presidential campaign, according to the Dallas Morning News, which noted that such rhetoric just helps convince regular gun owners the Democrats are out to confiscate all of their weapons.
That may be the plan for Texas, but it doesn’t look like it’s the plan for Florida or for Georgia.