On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill to make Florida the the 26th constitutional carry state. The country is now a majority constitutional carry nation due to the actions of DeSantis. The law will take effect on July 1, and will allow Floridians over 21 to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and without paying fees. Last week, the Florida Senate voted 27 to 13 to send the bill to the governor’s desk. DeSantis has promised to advance second amendment freedoms in Florida, and believes the landmark bill will allow citizens to protect themselves from crime.
Gov. DeSantis signs HB 543 – Constitutional Carry.
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) April 3, 2023
NRA Executive Director Randy Kozuch released a statement applauding DeSantis’ work to protect the second amendment. “The NRA applauds Florida for becoming the 26th state to adopt the vital Constitutional Carry legislation. This NRA-spearheaded initiative empowers Floridians to exercise their Second Amendment rights without undue bureaucratic barriers, affirming the fundamental right to self-defense,” said Kozuch.
The other 25 constitutional carry states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
“We thank Gov. DeSantis for his support of self-defense and Second Amendment laws and for prioritizing the safety and security of Florida residents. This historic moment is a testament to the dedication of the NRA, our members, gun owners, and Second Amendment supporters working together in the state. Today’s NRA victory inspires us to continue advocating for Constitutional Carry laws across the nation, ensuring the protection of Second Amendment rights for all Americans,” continued Kozuch in his statement.
Governor DeSantis is heavily rumored to be running for president in 2024 but he has continued to do his job for the people of Florida. DeSantis has not been distracted by the constant attention on 2024 and has remained devoted to the promises he made to Floridians in his reelection campaign.