Florida House Passes Permitless Concealed Carry Bill, David Hogg Not Happy
The house has passed a bill that, if made into law, would dispose of the need for a license to carry concealed firearms.
The vote to pass the bill was primarily along party lines, ending with 76-32 in favor. Miami Republican Vicki Lopez was the one exception, breaking with her party and voting against the bill, while eleven lawmakers did not vote. As the vote spread indicates, this made for one of the most controversial bills of the legislative session so far.
Rep. Chuck Brannan (R), who sponsored the legislation, spoke on the House floor before the vote and laid out his, ultimately winning, argument for passing the bill.
“I’ve got a news flash for you. Criminals don’t care a rat’s patootie about the law. They’re breaking in houses right now. They’re breaking in cars. This bill will simply allow Floridians to conceal carry their fire arm, once again, once again folks, without the red tape and expense of a government license. Florida will not become between you and your freedom to protect yourself anymore.”
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Rep. Chuck Brannan: "Criminals don't care a rat's pitootie about the law. […] Florida will not become between you and your freedom to protect yourself anymore." pic.twitter.com/ZQuIiticb6
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) March 24, 2023
The Miami Herald quoted the representative supporting the bill as well.
“This bill today recognizes that while the government always has a duty to protect its citizens, its citizens have a right to protect themselves,”
Several democrats objected to the measure. Representative Dan Daley argued that permitless carry would increase gun crime, such as in the Parkland School shooting. He did not, however, explain or give evidence for why he thought this was the case.
Thank you Rep @DanDaley for fighting the extreme gun legislation Florida’s Republicans are ramming through. Shame on those who just voted to lower the age to purchase rifles & long guns from 21 to 18. What a dishonor to the lives stolen at MSD. @MomsDemand #FlaPol pic.twitter.com/gzbUgjHxhv
— Katie Hathaway (@khathaway1) March 23, 2023
St. Petersburg Democrat Representative Michele Rayner-Goolsby made the same point but implied that conservatives’ concern about limiting the availability of sexually explicit content to children was contradictory to permitless concealed carry, according to the Miami Herald.
“Miss me on all this other legislation that if I don’t agree with it, I’m not protecting children. If you vote for this bill as it is now, I have to question your belief in protecting children.”
Leftist anti-second amendment commentator David Hogg claimed that Republicans’ motive to pass the bill must lobby and that the legislation will result in more shootings, but he also did not elaborate on why.
DeSantis wants more guns across the state of Florida because creating anarchy benefits the gun industry that supports him. Convincing people the only thing that will keep you safe is being armed sells more guns. It’s a lie that results in more shootings & sales.
— David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) March 22, 2023
DeSantis and his billionaire backers are willing to hand over our lives for whoever will fund his campaign even if the cost is Floridian blood.
— David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) March 23, 2023
It should be noted that while a permit requirement to conceal carry is disappearing, licensing and safeguards will continue to exist for buying a gun, something one Twitter user pointed out.
“If you can’t legally own a gun, you can’t carry, before or after constitutional carry is law. Florida would be the 26th state to enact constitutional carry, and it would join states like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine in doing so.”
"almost" doing a lot of work there.
If you can't legally own a gun, you can't carry, before or after constitutional carry is law. Florida would be the 26th state to enact constitutional carry, and it would join states like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine in doing so. https://t.co/81XmRTmZLw
— Kostas Moros (@MorosKostas) March 24, 2023
For this reason, South Riverview Republican Representative Mike Beltran proposed an amendment to the bill that would end the ban on open carry, allowing legal gun owners to carry their firearms outside their homes in a non-concealed fashion. The Miami Herald quoted him explaining his position.
“Prohibiting open carry is more arbitrary and provides fewer benefits than the licensing requirement that we are rightly repealing today.”
Ultimately, however, the amendment was not included, but Beltran supported the legislation.