Ron DeSantis Promises To Support Constitutional Carry
Once again, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vowed to support the passage of Constitutional Carry in 2023.
During a press conference on December 17, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis was asked about the potential passage of Constitutional Carry in 2023. DeSantis responded by saying “well, we’ve had a majority this whole time. I’ll let Paul answer that because I’m ready. [looking over to incoming House Speaker Paul Renner] Are you going to do it?”
Paul Renner replied with a “yes.” As Gun Owners of America’s Florida State Director Luis Valdes noted, Republicans have a “massive” legislative supermajority in the state legislature. Republicans have wide margins in the State House (84-35) and State Senate (28-12). In effect, by mentioning that Republicans hold a majority in the Florida State Legislature, DeSantis called out Republican leaders for their inaction on the issue and other Second Amendment related legislation. Florida has had solid Republican control for well over a decade and it has produced little results in terms of gun policy.
We shouldn’t forget that it was Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature that presided over the passage of SB 7026, a bill that featured a red flag gun confiscation order, increased the age to buy a firearm to 21, and imposed a three-day waiting period for all firearms purchases.
The good news is that DeSantis’ bold leadership may be enough to make Florida the next Constitutional Carry state. Regardless of one’s skepticism towards DeSantis’s track record, he has been fantastic at the state level and is showing Republican governors how to turn their respective states into conservative safe spaces.
Other Republicans should absolutely take note.