Florida's Republican-supermajority Legislature advanced a bill Thursday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without licenses, additional training or background checks.
Where it stands: The bill will go to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has indicated that he'll sign it."A constitutional right should not require a permission slip from the government," the governor said during an address to the state Legislature earlier this month. "It is time we joined 25 other states to enact constitutional carry in the state of Florida."
Details: The measure would allow Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training.Under current law, residents must undergo firearms training, clear a background check and pay fees when applying for a concealed-carry license.
With the new bill, a person will be allowed to carry a concealed weapon without a license if they meet the current requirements needed to obtain a license, including not having been convicted of a felony or found guilty of a crime relating to controlled substances within a three-year period, Axios' Martin Vassolo reports.
The big picture: About half of the U.S. states already have some form of a permitless carry law.Florida would become the 26th if DeSantis signs the bill. Per the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, other states where permitless concealed carry is legal include:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota (for residents only), Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming.
So yeah, Randy Rife Range here goes to Shooter's Sports 'n' Shootin' in Jacksonville and buys a gun and sticks it in his pocket and totally won't blast his own dick off.
And yes, the entire tri-state area here around Cincy is now license free concealed carry, along with 22 other states and now Florida, which means of course the next time you cut somebody off in traffic, remember to swerve a bit to avoid incoming fire.
Cops of course are going to love this.
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