Florida’s freedom-forward posturing has been turbocharged in recent years, thanks in no small part to the dual catalysts of a global pandemic and a forceful Republican Governor named Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis was unwilling to succumb to the woke masses in regard to the coronavirus crisis, pushing back against mask mandates, vaccine passports, and all manner of federal regulations regarding the viral scourge. This was DeSantis’ liberty fetish on full display, and conservative Americans simply ate it up.
Now, as the Sunshine State continues to mold itself into the DeSantis campaign’s promised land of “where woke goes to die”, a judge in Florida could soon make a major change to the state’s gun laws that would undoubtedly ripple throughout the nation.
Florida is set to become the 26th state to allow citizens to carry firearms without a permit under legislation outlined Monday by Republican House Speaker Paul Renner.
Conservatives and gun rights groups in Florida have long pushed to give Florida residents to ability to carry firearms with a permit, known by supporters as “constitutional carry,” but past legislation has routinely gotten bogged down. This year’s efforts are bolstered by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has repeatedly said he would sign a permitless carry bill if lawmakers sent it to his desk.
As the 2023 legislative session approaches, though, the Renner-led House appears to be taking point on getting the bill through the Legislature.
Renner was ready for his victory lap.
“Florida led the nation in allowing for concealed carry, and that extends today as we remove the government permission slip to exercise a constitutional right,” Renner said Monday during a news conference, where he was flanked by a handful of county sheriffs.
The concept of Constitutional Carry has been gaining in popularity in recent years, as a number of states continue to work to promote the Second Amendment as oppose to suppress it.