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DeSantis vows to back constitutional carry in Florida

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would support a law allowing Floridians to carry firearms without obtaining concealed carry permits if it was introduced into the legislature’s regular session.

Under current Florida law, gun owners who want to carry their weapons out of the view of others must be 21 years of age or older and demonstrate competence in using a firearm. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ( FDACS) issues licenses to eligible Florida residents and non-residents, permitting them to carry concealed weapons or firearms.

Constitutional Carry allows someone to legally carry a handgun openly or concealed without requiring a local, state, or government permit.

DeSantis said he would support so-called constitutional carry legislation during a Dec. 16 press event in Lee County after Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) indicated that the State House of Representatives would approve such legislation.

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“Basically, this was something that I’ve always supported,” DeSantis said. “’We’ve been talking about it, and he’s (Renner’s) pledged publicly that’s moving forward, and it’ll be something that will be done in the regular session.”

The regular session of the Florida Legislature begins on March 7.

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