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This Summer, Feel Free to Pack Heat on the Street in the “Gunshine State”

Republicans highlight the new law’s protection of citizens and the Second Amendment, Democrats insist it prioritizes guns over people.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Governor Ron DeSantis signed a permitless carry bill into law Monday morning, giving the fifth week of the legislative session an explosive start.

SB 150 – originally proposed by Sen. Jay Collins (R-Tampa) – allows Floridians to carry concealed weapons with no permit. Republicans argue this legislation will increase both safety and Second Amendment rights.

This legislation is “a monumental codification of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.” Sen. Collins stated.

Though permitless carry has officially been signed into law, it was not without a bitter fight from the Democrats.

“This policy is a mistake,” Democratic Senate Leader Lauren Book said in a press release, “For years, Florida has been the ‘Gunshine State’ —and now we’re emboldening more gun purchases with absolutely no training.”

She continued, holding that this legislation is a “reckless policy that prioritizes owning and using a lethal weapon over the security and safety of the people.”

Despite strong opposition, the governor signed the bill into law, stating: “Constitutional carry is now on the books!”

The law takes effect on July 1.