Posted January 22, 2024 2:46 pm by Comments

By Luis Valdes

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It is a very simple question. Will Gov. Ron DeSantis use the authority of his office and advocate for pro-gun legislation in 2024?
As it stands, we’re just past the first week of the 2024 legislative session and the Republican House leadership has already said that HB 1619 (Open Carry) is dead on arrival.
Gun Owners of America worked hard to craft this bill with Rep. Mike Beltran this past fall, and Rep. Beltran introduced the bill on the first day of the 2024 session.
Open Carry should have been part of the permitless carry bill that was introduced and passed last session – but it was excluded against the work of GOA activists and pro-gun Floridians.
Instead, Florida’s gun owners, who have been extremely loyal to Republican lawmakers and Gov. DeSantis, got a quagmire of a bill last year. A bill that was touted as being Constitutional Carry (HB 543) was anything but.
It simply lifted the requirement to have a permit to conceal carry a firearm.
Was the permitless concealed-only carry a small step in the right direction? Yes, it was.
And during

Source: Gun Owners of America

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