Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that eliminates licensing requirements for Florida residents to carry a concealed firearm in most public places.
According to the law, citizens of the state who are legally entitled to own guns will be able to carry them without a special permit, and carrying concealed weapons in public would no longer call for special training or a background check. The statute is set to take effect on July 1. The Florida Senate voted 27–13 in favor of the measure, and DeSantis swiftly signed it in a meeting with supporters behind closed doors, making Florida the 26th state to do so.
Republicans argued that law-abiding citizens have a right to carry firearms and defend themselves in the debate over the proposal. According to them, the majority of individuals will still choose to obtain a permit since it will enable them to acquire firearms without a waiting period and carry concealed weapons in states with reciprocal agreements.
Democrats and gun control supporters, however, argue that the new law would simply make Florida more dangerous, citing mass shootings there like the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the tragic 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.