Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law on Monday, permitting state residents to carry concealed firearms without the need for a permit.
Under the newly enacted law, Floridians can now carry concealed weapons without undergoing background checks or training, previously required to obtain a concealed carry license. However, individuals carrying concealed firearms must still possess valid identification.
The bill passed the state Senate last Friday after the Republican supermajority rejected an amendment earlier in the week requiring safe storage of firearms. Following this decision, the bill moved to the governor’s desk for final approval.
Bill sponsor and State Representative Chuck Brannan stated, “This bill is a big step, a big step to help the average law-abiding citizen, to keep them from having to go through the hoops of getting a permit from the government to carry their weapon.” He also emphasized that the law would not change who is eligible to carry a firearm.
However, critics of the bill fear it could lead to increased gun violence. State Representative Anna Eskamani (D-Orlando) expressed her concerns, saying, “I want to make sure that the right people who are supposed to have access to guns are the ones who do while ensuring those that are not supposed to don’t.”
Opponents argue that removing background checks and training requirements could potentially result in firearms falling into the wrong hands, posing a threat to public safety.
HB 543 was signed in a ceremony attended by several state leaders and law enforcement officials, including Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. The new law is set to take effect on July 1, 2023.
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