Florida’s House Speaker on Monday introduced legislation to do away with concealed weapons permits, claiming that gun owners don’t need permission from the government to use their God-given rights.
Democrats argue that this would make a state known for its horrible mass shootings less safe.
The idea has received support from top Republican figures, including Governor Ron DeSantis, so the legislation shouldn’t have any trouble passing in a legislature where the GOP holds a supermajority.
Speaking during a news conference, Speaker Paul Renner remarked, “What we’re about today is a universal right that extends to every man or woman regardless of color, gender, creed, or background.”
Democrats instantly reacted that the measure might increase gun accidents and violence.
They claimed that bill backers call constitutional carry will allow people to buy guns without training or background checks.
Democratic Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, mayor of Parkland at the time a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student shot and killed 17 students and faculty members, said: “Untrained carry is what it is.” “With this, you are not making our neighborhoods, schools, or other areas safer.”
Renner asserted that law-abiding gun owners would prioritize security.
According to Renner, anyone who owns or uses a gun is aware that safety comes first.
“That’s crucial, but it’s not necessary. As a result, the permit and its components will be canceled.
Manuel and Patricia Oliver, who lost their 17-year-old son Joaquin in the Parkland high school shooting in 2018, became ardent supporters of stricter gun control laws.
Florida, they claimed, will become more dangerous as more individuals carry weapons without limitations.
Before we go, how about a bit of paperwork and some rules? It’s wrong and won’t do anything to protect (the carrier). Many people are genuinely put at risk, according to Manuel Oliver.
According to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the permission requirement won’t deter those who wish to harm others.
Criminals are not granted permits. Not even one, and they are not concerned with following the law. Ivey added the instant right, guarantee, and freedom to defend oneself belong to all of our law-abiding residents.
The number of states that enable open carry of firearms has increased, especially in conservative areas, to about half of all states.
Although there has been discussion to permit gun owners to carry guns openly, Florida handgun owners would still be required to hide their weapons in public.