The Florida Senate passed the House version of a permitless carry bill this afternoon. Governor Ron DeSantis is sure to sign it into law, making the Sunshine State the 26th to remove the requirement for citizens to get government permission to carry a concealed handgun.
Gun rights activists, however, weren’t entirely pleased. They had pushed to add open carry to the bill which, if signed, would make Florida a full constitutional carry state. Florida Republicans, however, despite supermajority control of both houses of the Legislature, wanted no part of open carry.
Today, however, Governor DeSantis was at an event in Georgia when he was asked about calling a special session to add open carry to the permitless carry bill. He said he will “if I can get the votes.”
Watch the video here.
Is Florida’s legislature willing to do that given the GOP’s visceral dislike of and reluctance to tear down restrictions on gun rights? Don’t bet on it, but anything’s possible. Allegedly.