Governor Ron DeSantis and House Speaker Paul Renner believe that Florida constitutional carry for gun owners will happen in the 2023 legislative session.
According to Florida’s Voice, a conservative news website, DeSantis, who was appearing with the GOP House leader, was asked about constitutional carry at a press conference.
“I’ll let Paul answer that because I’m ready, so you guys gonna do it?” DeSantis said. Renner replied, “Yes.”
The pro-Second Amendment U.S. Concealed Carry Association defines constitutional carry as the ability of citizens who can legally possess a gun to carry a firearm without being forced to obtain a permit.
At another news conference with Renner on Friday, DeSantis affirmed his position and predicted it would pass.
“This was something that I’ve always supported, (but) the last two years, it was not necessarily a priority for the legislative leadership,” the governor said.
DeSantis pointed out that Renner has pledged his support publicly, and so he expects the Legislature, where the GOP holds supermajorities in both houses, to make it happen.
“We’ll get that done,” he added.
DeSantis also noted that by doing so, Florida would be aligned with most states’s gun laws.
The USCCA reports that 25 states allow constitutional carry, including traditionally liberal states like Vermont and New Hampshire.