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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature, something that’s traditionally done at the start of each legislative session. The session started today and the Governor addressed a number of topics; the economy, schooling, immigration, etc.

This being The Truth About Guns, I know what you really want to know. What did he say in regards to Floridians’ gun rights? He stated the following . . .

I also recommend that the legislature strengthen protections of Floridians’ Second Amendment rights. These important rights should not depend on the whims of politicians who reject the existence of those rights in the first place.

Sounds great right?

DeSantis had earlier stated that he’d sign a constitutional carry bill if one reaches his desk. The problem is, the very politicians that reject the existence of Floridians’ Second Amendment rights are the ones running the legislature. Politicians such as Senate President Wilton Simpson (R) and House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R) have never been supporters of constitutional carry in the Sunshine State.

Last year, Rep. Cord Byrd (R), chairman of the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee, killed constitutional carry under the implicit directions of Speaker Sprowls. That’s the same committee where a constitutional carry bill is currently parked.

House Bill 103, is assigned to the House’s Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee, now chaired by Rep. Chuck Brannan III (R) and the same excuses are starting to make the rounds as to why they can’t advance the bill.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini, HB 103’s author has stated the following this morning . . .

Rep. Sabatini’s Twitter Post on January 11, 2022.

With that, we all know what needs to happen. Rep. Brannan must bring HB 103 up for a recorded vote in his committee. If he fails to do that, he’ll be no different than the “politicians who reject the existence of those rights in the first place.”

If he follows his predecessor’s actions, he’ll be hurting Floridians and further limiting their rights because at the whim of a few elected individuals.

Floridians of all walks of life and backgrounds deserve their Second Amendment Rights to be secure.

Luis Valdes is the Florida Director for Gun Owners of America.

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72 COMMENTS

    • …if you can get them. Here in Los Angeles County, our Sheriff tells the world he’s issuing them and takes your money with the application, then filecans it. Every person I personally know who also submitted an application (as early as last June) has not heard anything from the LASD. None of us have.

      • What kind of man begs the government for a license to exercise a constitutionally guaranteed, God given right? The same kind of ‘man’ that skips out on 1/6 Freedom Day despite having the means, motive and opportunity to answer President Trump’s urgent call to action.

        • “President Trump’s urgent call to action“

          At last we have hard evidence of that massive election fraud everyone was talking about.
          Here’s some folks who answered presidents trumps call to action by perpetrating massive, interstate federal election fraud. All these folks will soon be making an appearance in your local federal courtroom:

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1HGGLWdEA

        • Not Fed, but sure wishes he was.

          It’s just a delusional, angry, bitter New Jersey resident who deserves to live in New Jersey.

          *snicker*… 😉

        • “Who is Ray Epps there Miner?“

          A right wing nut job who attended the failed insurrection but was too cowardly to have the courage of his convictions and actually participate in the assault on Democracy:

          “EXCLUSIVE: Pictured on his tranquil Arizona ranch and wedding venue, the ex-Marine accused of being an ‘FBI plant sent to help incite January 6 Capitol riot’ refuses to answer to right-wing conspiracy theory

          By Greg Woodfield In Phoenix, Arizona, For Dailymail.Com
          09:28 EST 28 Dec 2021 , updated 11:45 EST 28 Dec 2021“

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10347577/Ex-Marine-accused-FBI-plant-sent-incite-Jan-6-riot-pictured-ranch.html

          Sorry gentlemen, he’s one of yours…

        • This is a troll by a leftist agent-provocateur, right? Think of how sad someone’s life has to be for him to get his jollies off sh!t-posting poor, bargain basement psychology imitations of his dull, insipid caricatures of his political opponents, who isn’t bright or generous or empathetic enough correctly to recapitulate or even perceive the actual arguments of his opponents, and instead carries on in his so-clever way, all his life projecting his shallow hate onto people who disagree with his weak, poorly grasped, photocopied ideas and solipsistic morality, which only in his own head excuses his infantile internet pastime.

    • They could start by repealing the parkland bill’s under 21 rules, “bump stocks”, waiting periods, and red flags.

      Desantis: “strengthen the second amendment.”
      Florida republicrat leadership, probably: “we could do nothing again with our super majority like usual… Or would you like us to ban bump stocks again, just for extra emphasis? Maybe pistol braces too, and universal background checks?”

  1. Strange. It’s almost like Republicans don’t give any more fucks about your rights than Democrats do.

    I wonder why that would be?

      • Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! We have a winner folks!

        I have stated on this site before: Florida’s ginormous 100 billion dollar tourism industrial complex will never risk any reduction in their revenue due to open carry and/or constitutional carry.

        (Note that a tiny one percent reduction in tourism due to open carry or constitutional carry would cause a loss of one billion dollars in Florida’s economy.)

        Something as quaint as our right to keep and bear arms without a government license will never outweigh the profit motive of Florida’s 100 billion dollar tourism industry.

        (And note that license fees are government revenue–why would government willingly give up money?)

        But, hey, if Florida firearm rights groups like tilting at windmills, have at it.

      • I’d rather not have a false dichotomy.

        Such is possible if you’re willing to figure out why it doesn’t much matter which group has power when it comes to trifling things like “rights” for individuals.

        • How to bring 50 to 70 million people along with you, though? If anybody’s making progress on that problem, I’d love to know.

  2. The Republicans answer to their districts. Perhaps the majority of their voters are fine with their positions.

  3. The Governor needs to do what the blue state governors do,
    Which is, (if he’s really a 2 – A supporter) use the executive order approach, draw up a plan & sign it,,, there you go, a American Hero.

    • You forgot the part about declaring a “public health emergency” so they can pass the laws in the middle of the night with no debate and no due process, as disgraced-ex-governor Cuomo did to ram through New York state’s “SAFE” act.

    • Executive orders enacted to take the place of law are jokes and completely let the legislative pols out of their primary duty, which is to enact new law or repeal bad ones. The next executive elected official can then rescind said executive order as there is no legislative standing. This is true of state, federal or even municipal orders.

      We’ve elected “law makers” for a purpose- if they refuse to fulfill their responsibilities they should be exposed and replaced.

      In a real, “US Constitutional world”, every legislator should vote against executive orders enacted to create law because it is an Executive Branch overreach. Whether they agree with the order or not. Ditto goofy SCOTUS rulings.

      Laws are to be made and passed in the Legislative Branch. Period.

      Moderate away, sucker…

      • “if they refuse to fulfill their responsibilities they should be exposed and replaced”

        sure. but most constituents love their congressman and aren’t about to replace him, it’s all the OTHER congressmen that are the problem ….

        plus in the house it’s seniority that matters, thus locking down the incumbent phenomenon – districts that vote in someone new get their interests pushed to the bottom of the legislative stack.

  4. DeSantis made a good start by calling out for Constitutional carry in his State-of-the-State. Keep up the pressure, Guv!!

    • Florida sucks! Don’t move here! We have really big gators, sharks and snakes. I sent Possum a picture of a 6’+ Eastern Diamondback a friend killed a couple of days ago. There’s one under every bush! Stay away! Florida doesn’t like your tax money either. Live where you have to pay a state income tax and sales tax on your food. You’ll be happier. Then there’s the weather. It’s going to be in the 30s every morning this week and then warm up to the 60s in the afternoon and sunny. No one likes that. I might have to turn off the central air and open the windows. My utility bill may fall through the floor! Again, don’t move to Florida!

      • @GF

        Thanks for the lead-in…DITTO for Montana…it’s f’ing cold and windy here in the Winter and F’ing hot and windy in the Summer. No Eastern Diamondbacks…but we have their big and little brothers: the Western Diamondback and the Pygmy rattlesnake. Our deer flies and Hobo spiders rival most Florida bugs for size and ferocity (definitely no crocagators though).

        Note: GF, you forgot Florida’s Death Apple Tree…sweet, tantalizing and DEADLY.

        • Kansas spelled backwards in native American means “Oh sht whatd we get ourselves into.” I wouldn’t be here except its Gods punishment .

        • Old Guy, I think our Eastern beats out your Western. Longer growing season. My personal best was seven feet seven inches of pissed off serpent. Stabbed him in the head with a Gerber pocket knife. ’87 I think. Of course, Rick was holding his head on the ground at the time. We didn’t have a burlap bag to put him in.

        • Old Guy, his girth was about the size of my thigh. And I push six feet. His head was the size of my palm. Believe me, if he had hit you on the calf, you’d know it.

      • Gadsden Flag,

        No doubt about it: Florida’s winters are nothing short of spectacular.

        No doubt about it: Florida’s summers are brutal. Daytime highs in the mid 90s with dew points in the low to mid 70s are torturous.

        Serious question: how does the typical person deal with the brutal summer heat and humidity?

        • “Serious question: how does the typical person deal with the brutal summer heat and humidity?”

          Air conditioning.

          Florida is not safe for human habitation without air conditioning. I’m a native Floridian, and I have never gotten used to the oppressive humiture.

          Ever since Florida signed up with the mob-run lottery scheme, I’ve joked that if I hit the big lottery- I’ll air condition the entire state and have mountains installed.
          Ho ho, ha ha- it is to dream…

  5. Most Republicans just treat 2A as a campaign bobble. This includes the Fl legislature. Not enough gun owners and freedom lovers vote.

    • It’s one of the inherent problems in being a captive voting demographic. Republican politicians in general don’t respect Second Amendment voters the same way the Democratic party doesn’t respect black people. You’ve got nowhere else to go, so why should they risk actually helping you?

  6. DeSantis should just issue an Executive Order and run with it. I doubt that the courts will step on it, they can’t really. The courts will look idiotic if they declare a Constitutional right unconstitutional. Push the envelope and enjoy the liberal and media meltdown.

  7. If you’re a Florida resident, like me, get online and send an email to Chuck Brannan encouraging him to bring HB 103 up for vote AND to support the passage of it. I just did it and so did my wife. We need more voices to be heard to move these guys into action!

    • When I contact my respected legislators I remind them individually that history confirms Gun Control in any shape, matter or form is rooted in racism and genocide. The way I see it if someone cannot stand against Gun Control based on its history then when push comes to shove they’ll fold like a cheap tent.

  8. We in Alabama are working on Constitutional Carry as well. The main opposition has been the Serriff’s Assc. Seems they like the $25.00 every year for permits. Never mind they are just charging you for the same BG check you passed to buy the gun in the first place.

  9. I assumed from the git go that Con Carry was a dead issue the moment the bill was filed, since certain vested interests and their politician lackeys will make sure it never gets a vote in committee, and therefore never a floor vote. Even with all of his political capital, I have to wonder if De Santis has enough muscle to move the bill.

    • There was a recent article that opined De Santis has a roughly 90 percent chance of getting legislation he backs passed.

      If that’s true, Luis has a decent shot of lighting some fires under some RINO asses.

      An organized ‘blitzkrieg’ of angry telephone calls, perhaps?

  10. Method behind my madness in keeping communication with politicians simple: Because I really don’t think they can keep more than one idea in their head per contact. You say too much and, in their head, its “blah, bah, blah”. Pretend you’re talking to a 3 year old.

  11. >Did Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Just Call Out Anti-Gun Republicans

    Well, is he meeting them at dawn in the park for pistols at 10 paces? That’s what calling out means, not your tired old cliche.

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