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Florida Makes Big Move To Hopefully Pass Permitless Concealed Carry

TAMPA, FLORIDA — The State of Florida may soon see a major change in its gun laws, as House Speaker Paul Renner announced on Monday the introduction of legislation that would allow for the concealed carrying of guns without the need for permits.

HB543 text can be read here.

The proposed legislation, known as Constitutional Carry, is a hot-button issue that has garnered both support and criticism from different corners of the state.

Under current Florida law, individuals who wish to carry a concealed weapon must obtain a permit through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. However, the proposed Constitutional Carry legislation would eliminate the requirement for a permit, allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons as long as they are legally allowed to possess firearms. This would apply to both residents and non-residents of Florida.

The announcement of the legislation has reignited the debate over gun rights in the state, with supporters arguing that the right to carry a concealed weapon is a fundamental right protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They also argue that the permit requirement places an unnecessary burden on law-abiding citizens and that the current background check process is sufficient to ensure public safety.

Opponents of the legislation, on the other hand, argue that eliminating the permit requirement would make it easier for people with a history of violence or mental health issues to carry concealed weapons. They argue that the permit process provides an important layer of protection for the public by requiring background checks, training, and other safety measures.

The proposed Constitutional Carry legislation has already received support from several influential groups in the state, including the National Rifle Association and the Florida Gun Rights group. However, it is likely to face opposition from groups such as the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, who argue that the legislation would put the safety of Florida residents at risk.

If passed, Florida would become the 26th state to allow Permitless Carry.

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