Florida Constitutional Carry Being Considered

BY Herschel Smith
1 year ago

Source.

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.

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Renner spearheaded the press conference, a signal it’s a clear top priority for the speaker, but the bill is being sponsored by state Rep.Chuck Brannan (R-Lake City) and state Sen. Jay Collins (R-Tampa). Lawmakers did not formally file a bill at the time of the news conference but are expected to by Monday afternoon.

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The proposal does not address whether people will be allowed to openly carry firearms in public. Under current Florida law, gun owners are not allowed to carry guns in the open.

In 2021, Texas approved a similar “open carry” law that allows most gun owners 21 and over to carry a handgun in a holster without a permit. The Texas law allows citizens to carry the gun in the open or concealed.

Well, they may as well go back to the drawing board if “the only ones” are the only ones who can carry openly.  This is a huge touchstone for me.

Do you want to hear why this whole effort is likely to fail?  Via David Codrea.

But word in the halls of the Capitol in Tallahassee is that Republican lawmakers don’t want to advance Constitutional Carry to the Governor. They’d rather advance a watered-down bill that would keep the permit requirements in place. Why? Because a number of these so-called Republicans are anti-gun, or to more bluntly put it, they’re anti-civil rights. Very recently, Gun Owners of America worked hard with the chairman of a county level Republican Executive Committee in the panhandle of Florida to advance a Constitutional Carry resolution. The resolution passed with one vote. The Republican members of that REC who voted against it did so because they were against the idea of “criminals” carrying firearms. And by “criminals,” they meant people of color.

Criminals will always carry firearms if they want to, moron.

Yes, you read that right, there are Republicans who voted against advancing a resolution that supports Constitutional Carry because they don’t want people of color to be able to exercise their inalienable rights. They defended the Jim Crow era gun control and specifically brought up the killing of an ex-confederate town marshal as a reason why gun control needs to be kept in place. Yes, they used the example of a former confederate being killed over a century ago as a reason why we need to have restrictions on the carrying of arms.

They didn’t want Constitutional Carry nor Open Carry to pass because the idea of their minority neighbors being armed scared them. They claimed that the laws on the books, the very laws that bar people from carrying without a permit, keeps criminals from being criminals. Yet one of those who voted against it is a retired judge who proudly stated to the room that he currently carries without a permit and openly violates state law. But, he is against Constitutional Carry. This is the fight that Gun Owners of America and Florida’s gun owners are facing across Florida. Republicans who campaign on being pro-gun, are anti-gun; and they’re anti-gun because they’re anti-liberty. This was the fight that Gun Owners of America and Florida’s gun owners faced back in June 2022 to get the Republican Party of Florida to pass the following resolution to support Constitutional Carry.

It was a hard fight to get that resolution passed. But pass it did. And now, you have Republican lawmakers wanting to make the Governor look bad by scuttling the passage of true Constitutional Carry. Gov. DeSantis pledged that he would enact Constitutional Carry in Florida before he leaves office—whether that means 2024 or 2026. The Governor pledged to Floridians that he would make sure our rights would be properly restored and that the stain of Jim Crow bigotry would be removed from the fabric that is our state.

We’ve heard this story before.  Recall why the South Carolina senators and house members “low state” around the Charleston area were always opposed to open carry?  Near the tourist city of Charleston!  No, they always voted against it, and did so when open carry recently passed.  I listened to the debate and watched the votes online that day so I could report on it.

And Charleston is still a tourist city today.

Give me a break from the stupid please.  Please.  I can’t take any more stupid.


Comments

  1. On January 30, 2023 at 11:18 pm, Glenn said:

    But yet 10 people were just shot in Lakeland Fl. Very odd

  2. On January 30, 2023 at 11:30 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Gang related. Open carry, constitutional carry, eh.

    None of that matters. They’re criminals.

  3. On January 31, 2023 at 8:31 am, Latigo Morgan said:

    It was Republican CCW instructors and gun owners who worked the hardest to sandbag Constitutional carry in New Mexico. One of them actually came out and said it would cause him to lose money on his CCW training classes if the bill passed.

    He got his wish. Now, New Mexico has always pretty much been a demoncrat bastion, but they were always smart enough to leave gun control off the table. But, times have changed and the invasion by Kalifornians and New Yorkers is pretty much complete, so here come their insane gun control policies.

  4. On January 31, 2023 at 2:50 pm, dad29 said:

    Dear Herschel, if you can’t take any more stupid, I fear you’ll wind up in serious need of medication. The Stupidity is widespread, deep, and long-lasting.

    There. Now I’ve told you so and my conscience is clear.

  5. On January 31, 2023 at 9:56 pm, Heywood said:

    “Give me a break from the stupid please. Please. I can’t take any more stupid.”

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but contrary to what you learned in high school, the atmosphere is made up of 20.9% Oxygen, 0.1% trace elements and 79% stupid. It literally surrounds us.

  6. On February 2, 2023 at 8:28 am, Nosmo said:

    RE: Full Constitutional carry in FL and SC…..words are easy, I’ll believe it when I actually see it.

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