On Tuesday, HB273 was filed in the Florida legislature which would enact permitless concealed carry. The press (and sponsor, Rep Anthony Sabatini) are calling it Constitutional Carry; but it doesn't include open carry as far as I can tell. Even so, this would be a great addition to FL law because it gets 3/4 of the way there for a future full Constitutional Carry which includes open carry--easy to modify it later with a small tweak. Florida residents should strongly support the Bill--3/4 of the cake now is far better than no cake.
Even though there is a Republican majority in both chambers and a Republican Governor, it may be a challenge to pass it because of weak-sister RINO R's.
The Sunshine State could be the 17th to adopt a version of permitless, or constitutional, carry if a new bill filed on Tuesday is successful.
The measure would drop the requirement that those carrying a concealed firearm in Florida first get a Concealed Weapon License from the state. While over 2 million such CWLs are in current circulation, Florida is one of the few states that do not allow any form of unlicensed carry with a narrow exception of those involved in hunting, fishing or a short-term emergency evacuation such as in a hurricane.
“Today I filed HB 273, which deletes the requirement that a person obtain a permission slip from government before concealing a weapon for their self-defense—also known as ‘Constitutional Carry,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Clermont. “Our Second Amendment Right should not be determined by a government bureaucracy. All Americans have the right to protect themselves.”