Gov. DeSantis promises constitutional carry will finally come to Florida
Ron DeSantis.

'The last two years it was not necessarily a priority for legislative leadership.'

Florida’s Governor is locked and loaded and ready for constitutional carry legislation in the 2023 Legislative Session.

During a Friday press conference, Ron DeSantis left little ambiguity about his stance on constitutional carry, which would give gun owners the right to carry their firearms without the need for a license or permit.

Legislation to this end previously stalled in the Legislature, as did a 2022 Anthony Sabatini bill that died in committee. But with new leaders atop the House and Senate, DeSantis believes there is a path.

“This was something that I’ve always supported. The last two years it was not necessarily a priority for legislative leadership,” DeSantis said, referring to former Senate President Wilton Simpson and former House Speaker Chris Sprowls.

The Governor added, regarding new House Speaker Paul Renner, that “we’ve been talking about it and he’s pledged publicly that’s moving forward, so that’s something that will be done in the Regular Session,” DeSantis added. “That puts us in line with the majority of states.”

“Even states like Vermont and New Hampshire have been able to do that,” DeSantis added. “So we’ll get that done.”

The comments were a follow-up to ones made in a press conference Thursday at a bill signing ceremony for a commuter toll abatement, when asked by a 19-year-old gun owner if the legislation would finally move.

“I’ll let Paul (Renner) answer that because I’m ready,” he said. “So are you guys going to do it?”

In 2022, when the Sabatini bill stalled, DeSantis promised he would bring unfettered gun rights to the state of Florida.

“I can tell you that before I am done as Governor, we will have a signature on that bill,” DeSantis told an applauding crowd outside a restaurant in Williston last April.

He also expressed support for constitutional carry at a private event at the Governor’s Mansion. The Governor’s Office later downplayed it as a “general statement.”

Now, the general statement is very specific.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ian

    December 16, 2022 at 11:43 am

    You just lost this police officers vote

    • Ian

      December 16, 2022 at 11:43 am

      Guess I can go teach because I’m suddenly qualified for that now

    • cassandra of the swamp

      December 16, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Yes.. but think of all the votes he’s gained: robbers, muggers, gang members, rapists, sex traffickers, child abductors, intoxicated frat boys (think Kavanaugh) ….

      • C. Pasqu

        December 22, 2022 at 1:35 am

        None of which can legally carry a gun. So, no this wouldn’t apply to them. My guess is if they want they already carry.

    • Alam

      December 17, 2022 at 2:08 am

      And that is why nobody has any sympathy for cops anymore
      Because you hate people having rights
      Blue Lives Matter only when everyone else is under the boot

      • Ian

        December 17, 2022 at 3:25 pm


        • luigi galleani

          December 20, 2022 at 5:13 pm

          eat shit pig

        • Bee

          December 27, 2022 at 4:02 pm

          Language un-becoming of a police officer

    • Richard

      December 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Not True!!!

    • Joe Wolff

      December 21, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      I’m a retired police officer…never thought much of permits… virtually useless especially now with every officer having computer database… convicted bad guys still can’t carry…only those with no felony or certain violent misdemeanors

    • Sam

      December 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      1. If you are against Constitutional Carry, you likely voted blue your whole life and will continue to do so either way.

      2. You shouldn’t be a cop if you distrust the citizenry this much. You’re a serious and grave danger to yourself and the law you swore an oath to protect and defend.

  • Karen

    December 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Since our insane liberal woke government & sex groomers have been working hard to dumb down children by emphasizing sexuality & promoting animal instincts, citizens absolutely need the tools to protect themselves from 6th century throwbacks being created!

    • Tom

      December 16, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      Your stupid propaganda is why the GOP loses elections nationally. People are tired of reading and hearing your far right lies and filth.

      • Sam

        December 24, 2022 at 3:20 pm

        Cute tantrum. Everything he said about you folks is true and correct, but cute tantrum.

    • Mr. Haney

      December 17, 2022 at 5:40 am

      You’re the nutcase.

    • Al

      December 17, 2022 at 9:45 am

      And you belonging to the party of hate are just the person to lead the right wing charge.

  • Rebecca

    December 16, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    A More Dangerous State…
    In Florida, firearm deaths have climbed by 18.8% from 2015 to 2020 – the 32nd largest increase among states. According to the CDC, a total of 3,041 people died from a firearm injury in the state in 2020, up from 2,559 in 2015.
    Source: The Center Square

    • Sam

      December 24, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      Now do overall crime rates and murder rates regardless of the weapons used.

      I moved down here from NH. Constitutional Carry, weakest gun laws in the country, 2nd lowest overall murder rate next to VT, which also has Constitutional Carry.

      Go see a shrink.

  • Anonymous

    December 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Governor DeSantis why would you want to bring
    back the “The Wild West” to Florida. Aren’t there enough guns out there currently? If this bill gets past I wish the police good luck in regard to it’s ramifications.

  • Elliott Offen

    December 16, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    He’s enabling anti government terrorists.

    • Boaz

      December 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm

      As in Bernie Sanders’ progressive state of Vermont, et al.

  • Ocean Joe

    December 16, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    We had this before, but the resulting mayhem led to the legislature reconsidering it in 1987 after lobbying by Janet Reno. Today we do not have a responsible legislature, instead a puppet branch totally subservient to assisting Desantis with his political ambition.

    So get ready. Go out in public at your own risk. You are free to be shot to pieces under Florida’s freedom.

    • Joe Corsin

      December 16, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      Yeah crank up the electric chair and hand out the guns like pancakes. You’ll notice the more so called freedom they give people when it comes to guns, the more they increase the penalties for using them? These people are chaos manufacturers stoned on religion and right wing ideology. They’ve lost it!

  • ScienceBLVR

    December 16, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    At the end of the day, government was instituted for certain reasons. To protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” DeSantis said, in reference to his support for a Heartbeat abortion proposal. Hmmm, guess the government’s purpose to protect life doesn’t extend to the right not to be executed by some nut with a gun. I wonder how popular this law will be with foreign tourists who come from countries with reasonable gun control. Another political pandering decision from DeSantis guaranteed to result in more senseless deaths in Florida.

  • PeterH

    December 16, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    We knew DeSantis would force more guns on the street once the election was over. Also expect a six week abortion ban. Women need to stockpile abortion pills. More failed Republican leadership in the FREEDUMB state of Florida.

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem.

    Vote Republicans out of office.

    • Boaz

      December 17, 2022 at 6:01 pm

      That will never happen in Florida. So, for the sake of your own sanity, leave and move to a jurisdiction where only the military and police have firearms, such as Cuba, China, Russia, North Korea, etc. You’ll at least feel better in your collectivist dystopia.

      • Richard

        December 19, 2022 at 10:51 am

        Boaz, you are CORRECT!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    December 16, 2022 at 3:57 pm


  • AL 305

    December 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Peter H you little liberal piece of shit after the ass wipping all you demonrat bastsrds got in florida you and your shills are still as stupid as ever . Pack up your bags every last one of you n move to california or newyork or even better got to cuba or venezuela you left wing commies should feel right at home there.

    • Mr. Haney

      December 17, 2022 at 5:42 am

      Sucks being a coward doesn’t it?

  • Rebecca

    December 17, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Did our Founding Fathers hide their muskets as they defended their homesteads? No reason to enshrine this in Florida law nowadays.

  • Don Boyd

    December 21, 2022 at 2:15 am

    These replies are mostly based on emotional dribble. This proposed law will have a positive impact on responsible gun ownership. This is the trend nationwide. The results are positive in CC states. The increase in crime is due to woke local policies. We are about to end this trend here in Florida. We will leave the cesspool cities of the North and West to bake in their own moral and intellectual decay.

    • Sam

      December 24, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      If leftists had any concept whatsoever of cause and effect, they wouldn’t be leftists.

      They want the state to have as much control as possible like in the UK where they charge people with hate crimes for saying there are only two genders or that men can’t get pregnant.

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