Broward County Sheriff Tony Argues Against Incoming Constitutional Carry Law
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony recently appeared before the Broward County legislative delegation, advocating against an imminent priority of the Republican supermajority legislature: constitutional carry.
Governor Ron DeSantis and other high-ranking Florida Republicans promised to finally bring constitutional carry to the Sunshine State. A bill proposing it has not arrived yet, but, according to Florida Politics, Tony said he is “100,000 plus 10%” in disagreement with the idea and claimed that most of his fellow Sheriffs around the country are as well, especially those in larger southern districts. However, Tony acknowledged that some of his fellow Florida Sheriffs to the north would be supporting the change to constitutional carry and that sheriffs who opposed it tended to belong to the Major County Sheriffs of America, an organization opposed to constitutional carry.
Tony brought up the experiences of those other Sheriffs, using the example of a rifle on a school campus to try to attack the notion of generalized constitutional carry.
“They’ve shared their experiences of the dynamics of calls that, ‘Hey, we have someone walking through school campus with a rifle over their shoulder. That creates some alarm and activation of 1,000 different variables that are not good for public safety.”
Tony also implied a connection between constitutional carry and mass shootings, saying, “I have too much experience with mass shootings and dealing with mass shooter events.”
However, many Floridians on Twitter disagree with Tony and have been voicing their support for a new law.
— 2Aabsolutist ☢️ (insert check here) (@TwoAabsolutist) January 12, 2023
WAITING TO HEAR CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY APPROVED IN THE FREE STATE OF FLORIDA!!!
— L Hale (@LHale38706911) January 12, 2023
Florida & now if they would just pass constitutional carry would be darn near perfect!
— korax714 (@korax714) January 11, 2023
The "Free State of Florida" is behind the times on Constitutional Carry. Waaaay behind. https://t.co/oRpGxY7LUd
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) January 13, 2023
DeSantis appointed Tony to the role of Broward county Sheriff after he suspended former Sheriff Scott Israel, responding to the Department’s disastrous performance during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
However, Tony isn’t squeaky clean. He’s been brought in front of the Florida Commission on Ethics twice after they found probable cause that Tony abused his public office when by keeping that he had been arrested as a juvenile for a fatal shooting a secret. He was acquitted of the charge but still has more hearings ahead of him regarding his apparent lack of transparency.