The Florida legislature has passed a bill that removes the requirement for people to obtain a permit before carrying a concealed weapon in public. The bill, which was approved by the state Senate and the House of Representatives, allows law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training course.
Supporters of the bill argue that it is a matter of Second Amendment rights and personal freedom and that law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves and their families without having to obtain a permit. Commonly known as ‘constitutional carry,’ this measure has gained momentum across the country, with approximately half of the states having enacted similar laws.
Florida will now join the growing list of states that have enacted “constitutional carry” laws, including Alaska, Arizona, Montana, and Wyoming. Proponents of the law believe that it will make it easier for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights without the burden of a permitting process.
However, it is important to note that Florida will still offer concealed carry permits, which are necessary for those who wish to have reciprocity with other states. Without a permit, Florida residents who wish to carry a concealed weapon while traveling out of state may find themselves in legal trouble.
The bill is now heading to the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, who has indicated in the past that he would sign the bill into law. If signed, Florida would become the 26th state to enact “constitutional carry” legislation.