FLORIDA PBA SUPPORTS THE CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY
Commenting on the proposed Constitutional Carry legislation, Florida PBA President John Kazanjian said, “The Florida PBA proudly supports the proposed Constitutional Carry legislation spearheaded by Governor Ron DeSantis, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner. We thank Senator Jay Collins and State Representative Chuck Brannan for sponsoring this key legislation, which will enable Floridians to legally and responsibly protect themselves and enhance public safety in communities throughout our state. This Bill has already cleared its first hurdle when it recently passed the House Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law, and Government Operations Subcommittee. We urge the full legislature to pass this legislation and send it to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.”
Below Are Highlights of the Constitutional Carry Legislation:
- A citizen in Florida will be able to carry concealed as long as the person meets the statutory requirements for a concealed weapons permit. The person must follow all current concealed carry laws and have a valid identification while carrying.
- Open carry is not permitted under the proposal.
- The three days wait period will remain constitutionally in place for people without a concealed weapons permit.
- Reciprocity agreements will still require a permit in certain states. Non-Florida residents may carry concealed if they meet Florida’s statutory requirement for receiving a concealed carry permit and have valid identification.
- Twenty-five states allow constitutional carry: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.