New Florida Constitutional Carry Bill Introduced

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

A Florida Constitutional Carry Bill has officially been introduced to the State House of Representatives, by State Representative Anthony Sabatini. At precisely 3:19 PM on October 1st, 2019 Sabatini filed HB 273 for Florida’s 2020 session. The 22-page bill wouldThe Florida Constitutional Carry Bill, upon successful passage, would make Florida the 17th Constitutional Carry State. 

HB 273 not only recognizes Floridan’s right to Constitutional Carry but also includes that non-residents are subject to the same laws and restrictions (or lack thereof) as residents. Notably, the bill also recognizes all other valid carry permits issued by other states, under the full faith and credit clause.

Representative Sabatini posted to Facebook earlier today “Today I filed HB 273, which deletes the requirement that a person obtain a permission slip from government before concealing a weapon for their self defense—also known as “Constitutional Carry.” Our Second Amendment Right should not be determined by a government bureaucracy. All Americans have the right to protect themselves.”

The Constitutional Carry States

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho (constitutional carry for residents only)
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota (concealed constitutional carry only, for residents only)
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming (constitutional carry for residents only)

In 2019, three states joined the above list. South Dakota, Kentucky, and Oklahoma removed the need for a permit for personal defense earlier in 2019. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed Constitutional Carry into law in January and the policy went into effect in July. In Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stitt signed the bill in February and the bill will be going into effect in November. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed in March and like South Dakota it went into effect in July. Florida is now on the table to be number 17 and the first of 2020.

The State of Florida has a Republican Majority in the State House of 73 to 47. The State Senate consists of 23 Republicans, also holding a majority over 17 Democratic Senators. Governor Ron Desantis has previously expressed his support for permitless carry and has a history of supporting gun rights. Given the current makeup of the Sunshine State’s politics, Florida Constitutional Carry may be a very real possibility for 2020.

However, the bill can expect to meet heavy resistance from certain portions of the public in Florida, considering that there was a major school shooting resulting in 17 deaths in Parkland, Florida just a few years ago.

The Florida House of Representatives will be in session from January 14th to March 13th. Stay tuned for updates on the Florida Constitutional Carry Bill.

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