According to a law the Legislature delivered to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday, Floridians could carry concealed weapons without a permit.
In a gun store in a suburb of Atlanta, the governor declared that he would approve the legislation.
On a vote of 27-13, the Senate approved the bill. Anybody lawfully permitted to own a gun in Florida can carry one without a permit.
It implies that carrying concealed weapons in public will no longer require special training or a background check.
At the gun store in Smyrna, Georgia, which frequently serves as a venue for GOP campaign events, DeSantis remarked, “You don’t need a permission slip from the government to practice your Second Amendment rights.”
“And as of now, 25 states, or 50% of the states, permit that. We’ll raise the temperature to 26 in Florida the following week.
Conservatives argued that law-abiding residents had a right to carry weapons and defend themselves, while Democrats said that the act would make a state already plagued by horrible mass shootings like the Pulse nightclub and Parkland high school tragedies even more dangerous.
“The Constitution’s second amendment grants its citizens the freedom to keep and bear arms. According to Republican Senator Jim Boyd, “It doesn’t state whether you have a permit, it doesn’t say if you’ve completed training, and it doesn’t say if you’ve conducted a background check.
“Bad men are going to get guns somehow, and bad people are going to use guns to do awful things.”
Republicans maintained that most people will still want to obtain a permit because it will allow them to purchase firearms without a waiting period and carry concealed weapons in states with reciprocal agreements.
Democrats, though, asserted that not everyone would be so responsible.
“I am not concerned about mass shootings thanks to this bill’s approval. Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo stated, “I’m concerned about the mass of stupid. Individuals will perish as a result of negligence.
About 3 million Floridians hold a concealed firearms permit. It will still be necessary to undergo a background check and wait three days before buying a gun from a certified dealer, but private sales or exchanges of guns are exempt from these requirements.
DeSantis has stated that he believes Florida should go even further and permit open carry of firearms. Certain lawmakers have supported open carry, but it doesn’t seem the Legislature will adopt any legislation.
After 17 students and faculty members were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, then-Republican Governor Rick Scott signed a bill imposing gun restrictions.
The matter was again discussed five years later. Under DeSantis, the tide has turned back in favor of extending gun rights rather than restricting them.