‘At Long Last’: DeSantis Promises to Codify Constitutional Carry in Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially taken aim at getting constitutional carry legislation passed in the Florida legislature.

At a press conference on Friday, DeSantis pledged his support for the move.

“This was something that I’ve always supported. The last two years it was not necessarily a priority for legislative leadership,”

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Attempts at this have failed in the Legislature previously, including a 2022 Anthony Sabatini bill that died in committee under former Senate President Wilton Simpson and former House Speaker Chris Sprowls. But now, with new leaders atop both the House and Senate, including newly elected Speaker Paul Renner, DeSantis believes it can move forward.

“we’ve been talking about it and he’s pledged publicly that’s moving forward, so that’s something that will be done in the Regular Session,” DeSantis added. “That puts us in line with the majority of states.”

“Even states like Vermont and New Hampshire have been able to do that,” DeSantis noted. “So we’ll get that done.”

The day before, DeSantis and Renner were asked by a Floridian if they would be moving forward on constitutional carry, to which Renner said, “yes.”

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This week isn’t the first time DeSantis has voiced his support for constitutional carry. At another press conference last April, while the Sabatini Bill stalled, the Governor made an ironclad promise to the crowd.

 

“I can tell you that before I am done as Governor, we will have a signature on that bill,

During the same press conference, DeSantis was also asked if he would sign a heartbeat bill to restrict abortion further. The question comes hot on the heels of DeSantis’s 15-week ban, which drew significant backlash. DeSantis did not answer the question outright but said, “I’m willing to sign great life legislation,” before pivoting to the constitutional carry issue.

The law would allow legal gun owners to carry firearms outside their houses without requiring extra licensing or red tape.

However, one observer on Twitter noticed that the Senate Kathleen Passidomo, a roadblock on abortion legislation, has been quiet on the issue of constitutional carry.


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