By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
During the 2023 regular legislative session, which starts March 7, Florida Governor Gov. Ron DeSantis said he expects lawmakers to pass constitutional carry in Florida.
Under current law, people who want to carry concealed firearms must apply for a concealed weapons license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; this action violates the U.S. Constitution. The Constitutional carry bill would return the Constitutional right of people to carry arms openly or concealed without a license. A right that has been stripped away over the years.
Recently, during an appearance in Lee County, DeSantis was asked about the Constitutional carry issue. The governor turned the question over to the new Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, who indicated that the house would get Constitutional carry passed.
Legislation to enact Constitutional carry has been thwarted several times by RINOs in the Florida House, including a 2022 bill by Anthony Sabatini that died in committee. But with new leaders in the Florida House and Senate, DeSantis vows to pass the measure and make Florida the 26th Constitutional carry state.
“This was something that I’ve always supported. The last two years, it was not necessarily a priority for legislative leadership,” DeSantis said, referring to former Senate President Wilton Simpson and former House Speaker Chris Sprowls. But we’ve been talking about it, and he’s (Renner’s) pledged publicly that’s moving forward, and it’ll be something that will be done in the regular session,” and “Even states like Vermont and New Hampshire have been able to do that,” DeSantis added. “So, we’ll get that done.”
Ironically, Anti-Gun RINO Simpson is the newly elected Florida Agricultural Secretary, and the current concealed weapon permitting system is run through the agriculture department. Once the measure is passed, Simpson will have a lot less to do.
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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, www.floridajolt.com, The Counterterrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Soldier of Fortune, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.