DeSantis Calls Out Legislature for Failing to Push Open Carry
By Erich Pratt
Gov. Ron DeSantis was recorded Thursday telling a member of a gun rights group that he supports allowing Floridians to openly carry guns in public — a measure that has been publicly opposed by some law enforcement officials and that would go further than any bill now filed for the upcoming legislative session.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Luis Valdes, Florida director of Gun Owners of America, said he asked DeSantis at a book tour stop in Jacksonville Beach whether he would support open carry and if he would have it added to current bills.
“Yeah, absolutely,” DeSantis is heard to say during a 10-second interaction recorded by Valdes and shared with the Times. “I don’t think they’re going to do it, but I would absolutely.”…
“The governor strongly supports the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms, and he has repeatedly stated publicly that he hopes to sign constitutional carry legislation this year,” said Bryan Griffin, a spokesperson for the governor.
Griffin also highlighted an August comment from DeSantis in which he said he’s in support of “constitutional carry” but “it really requires the Legislature to get it to my desk.”
DeSantis last year announced support for bringing “constitutional carry” to Florida, which is a term that Second Amendment