DeSantis says ‘Constitutional Carry’ gun law is coming to Florida

DeSantis says ‘Constitutional Carry’ gun law is coming to Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks moments before signing the Parental Rights in Education bill during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory school in Shady Hills. TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday promised to push for a bill allowing Floridians to carry firearms even if they have not previously taken a training course. “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 Friday. “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.” The governor made his remarks at an unrelated news conference in Williston. The term “constitutional carry” is a name for the policy often used by its supporters, who argue citizens should be able to carry weapons with or without a permit because of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. The policy differs slightly from “open carry” — in which citizens can carry firearms without concealing them. Florida also does not allow open carry. Some 25 states have already enacted “constitutional carry,” according to the United States Concealed Carry Association. This is a breaking news story that will be updated.

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