Posted March 3, 2023 6:24 pm by Comments

By Caroline Thorman


March 3, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Luis Valdes, Gun Owners of America’s Florida State Director, took a moment to speak with Governor Ron DeSantis at an event in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Valdes asked the Governor where he stands on Open Carry and whether he supports having it added to HB 543 and SB 150.

The Governor’s response was simple and encouraging: “absolutely.” He supports Open Carry and would like to see it added to the current permitless carry legislation working through Tallahassee, but he believes the current Republican-controlled Legislature would not be willing to add it to the bills. Hear the Governor’s own words right here.

Last month, Floridians traveled from all over the state to the Capitol and testified before the House’s Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee. Gun rights supporters told legislators that they wanted Open Carry added to the bill.

Frustratingly, when Rep. Chuck Brannan, the House’s version sponsor of the bill, was asked about Open Carry being added to the current text after the hearing, he simply stated, “[the bill] is what it is as it’s filed.” Despite being both the House sponsor and a Republican who campaigns on being pro-gun, Mr. Brannan’s words have been discouraging and

Source: Gun Owners of America

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