DeSantis ratifies legislation to enact Constitutional Carry in Florida

 April 4, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) just took a massive stand for gun owners in his state by ensuring their Second Amendment rights are intact. 

According to The Blaze, the Florida governor ratified legislation on Monday that allows Florida residents over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm without the need for a special permit, also known as "Constitutional Carry."

Florida became the 26th state to enact permitless carry.

Law-abiding gun owners will still be subjected to a federal background check when purchasing firearms, and will be required to carry valid identification when carrying a firearm in public.

"In the books"

"Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 543 which strengthens Floridians’ Second Amendment rights by allowing Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a government-issued permit. HB 543 goes into effect on July 1, 2023, making Florida the 26th state to enact Constitutional Carry legislation," a statement from the governor's office read.

DeSantis, who's also potentially a Republican presidential candidate, celebrated the state's new status this week.

"Constitutional Carry is in the books," DeSantis said.

Advocates of Constitutional Carry argue that it is a constitutional right to bear arms and that permits and licensing requirements infringe upon this right. They also argue that Constitutional Carry promotes public safety by allowing individuals to defend themselves and others in emergency situations.

Opponents of Constitutional Carry argue that it can lead to an increase in gun violence, as individuals who are not properly trained or vetted could carry firearms in public spaces. They also argue that permits and licensing requirements help keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who are prohibited from possessing them, such as convicted felons or individuals with a history of domestic violence.

It was noted that those prohibited by state and/or federal law from possessing or carrying firearms will remain in that status, as the ratification does not change that.

Social media reaction

Reaction to the news across social media was strong, with many celebrating that Florida residents over 21 can safely and legally exercise their Second Amendment rights.

"Thankfully. Lots of law-abiding citizens would never carry, because they follow the law. This will allow more people to carry, which means we will have more people to protect us from criminals," The Conservative Alternative tweeted.

"He's a great governor and that's why he needs to stay in Florida!" one Twitter user added.

Many believe that DeSantis will use the victory in a potential presidential run as a way to appeal to America's law-abiding gun owners.


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