Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new law into effect that permits Floridians to carry a firearm without needing a permit. The bill was signed on Monday and according to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), the majority of U.S. states have now implemented constitutional carry laws.
“The NRA applauds Florida for becoming the 26th state to adopt the vital Constitutional Carry legislation,” said NRA-ILA Interim Executive Director Randy Kozuch in a statement to Fox News. “This NRA-spearheaded initiative empowers Floridians to exercise their Second Amendment rights without undue bureaucratic barriers, affirming the fundamental right to self-defense.”
Kozuch also praised Governor DeSantis and the Florida legislature for their work in prioritizing the safety and security of Florida residents, stating: “We extend our gratitude to the Florida legislature and all those who have worked tirelessly to make this a reality in the Sunshine State.”
According to Fox News, the new law allows eligible citizens who are at least 21 years of age to carry a firearm without the need for a permit or fee. This decision has sparked mixed reactions across the nation, with some citing the potential for increased gun violence while others maintain that this law serves to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights.