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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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By Lee Williams

Late last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a formal proclamation calling the legislature back to Tallahassee for a special session. As of today, constitutional carry is not scheduled to be heard.

Florida law is very specific about what can and cannot be considered during a special session. It’s not a free-for-all where a wide range of topics can be discussed or debated. DeSantis called lawmakers back specifically to redo a redistricting map. Officially, that’s it.

His proclamation states: “The Legislature of the State of Florida in session for the sole and exclusive purpose of considering legislation relating to the establishment of congressional districts for the State of Florida and any legal challenges thereto, including the appropriation of additional funding for pending and prospective redistricting litigation.”

florida district map
Courtesy Florida Senate

However, during a press conference the same day, DeSantis said he would consider other topics.

“I would love to have property insurance, I would love to have data privacy, I would love to have constitutional carry,” DeSantis said. “I will ask the legislative leaders, ‘Is there something that you can get across the finish line?’ And I will encourage them to do that.”

Almost immediately, the hearts of every Florida gun owner skipped a beat.

While constitutional carry is not scheduled for the special session, there are several ways to get a bill before the lawmakers.

Article III, Section 2 (c)(1) of the Florida Constitution states: “The governor, by proclamation stating the purpose, may convene the legislature in special session during which only such legislative business may be transacted as is within the purview of the proclamation, or of a communication from the governor, or is introduced by consent of two-thirds of the membership of each house.”

In other words, there are three options that could produce a constitutional carry bill:

Option 1: DeSantis could issue a “communication from the governor.” This would require DeSantis to send a formal message to House and Senate leadership, telling them to consider constitutional carry during the special session.

Option 2: Two thirds of the House and Senate could vote to hear a constitutional carry bill. This is highly unlikely since the Republicans do not have a super-majority in either chamber. There are 24 Republicans and 16 Democrats in the Senate. We would need three Democrats and every Republican to vote in favor of considering a constitutional carry bill. There are 77 Republicans and 42 Democrats in the House. We would need three Democrats and every Republican to support hearing a constitutional carry bill.

Option 3: After the special session ends, DeSantis could issue another proclamation calling the legislature back for another special session for the “sole and exclusive purpose” of considering constitutional carry.

Florida’s special session is scheduled to begin April 19. Stay tuned.

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  1. Even if you could get enough Dems to create a super majority, you would see a few Reps turn tail and vote “no”, because they only vote counter the Dems to show they a Reps. but many believe that firearms should be regulated.

  2. All three options to include Florida constitutional carry in this special session have already failed, you just don’t know it yet.

    • While probably true you don’t have to go full on spoil sport. Unfortunately you and rt66paul likely have it right.

  3. The citizens of Florida have made it quite plain that they do not want Constitutional Carry. They did so by voting for the same constitutional traitors for the legislature. This will not happen until these traitors are removed from office.

  4. It took several attempts here in Alabama to get rid of the permit requirement. Each time it came forward, it would receive a more support while still being defeated on the floor. But, we stayed at it and as support grew, we knew it was just going to take another attempt, or more than a couple. And every time it was introduced, the various regulators and gun fearing idiots made the same claims of public safety issues or how it would somehow make things more dangerous for LEO’s.
    Seems the only sustainable objection the Sherriff’s assc. could really come up with was revenue from permit sales. Once the bill contained a funding make up for a couple years, the opposition from LE collapsed.
    All I can say for Florida is keep pushing it and get the bill introduced every session. eventually even the RINO’s and empty suits will see which way the wind is blowing and go along.

  5. Florida should have constitutional carry, whatever that means?
    The Right to Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed.

  6. If you’re not calling your state representatives and telling them what you want, then you have no reason to really complain. When you don’t get what you want. This form of government requires an active participation of the citizens. Tell the RINO’s that you will organize a vote against them being re-elected.

    At the end of the day two RINO Governors one in Indiana and one in Ohio both signed constitutional carry. Because they were inundated with phone calls.

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