On Monday, Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, signed legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns without a permit into law.
Last week, the state Senate approved House Bill 543 by a vote of 27-13, paving the way for permitless concealed carry. According to The Florida Times-Union, DeSantis signed the measure just after 10 a.m. on Monday, before the local media was informed that he had received it.
DeSantis said in a statement, “Constitutional Carry is on the books.”
The new legislation takes force on July 1. When it goes into force, those who qualify for a gun registration will only need a legitimate ID to carry a concealed firearm in Florida. Failure to show a legitimate ID will result in a $25 charge.
The measure also got strong Republican backing in the House, where it was approved by a vote of 76-32.
DeSantis and the new legislation, according to White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre, are the “exact opposite of commonsense gun safety.”
“It is disgraceful that, so soon following yet another devastating school shooting, Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, signed a permitless carry of concealed weapons bill behind closed doors, removing the requirement to obtain a license for carrying a concealed weapon,” she stated in a statement.
“The citizens of Florida deserve better after paying a high price for congressional and state lack of action on guns, from Pine Hills to Parkland to the Pulse Nightclub.”
According to The New York Times, DeSantis’ signature appeared on paper approximately one week after the 130th fatal killing in the United States this year. Audrey Hale, 28, was equipped with two assault weapons and a handgun when she opened fire at The Covenant School in Nashville, killing three children and three adults.
DeSantis, widely expected to be a Republican presidential contender in 2024, has taken a stance on gun control opposing President Joe Biden. Last month, Biden issued an emergency order aimed at reducing gun crime. It raised scrutiny of firearms dealers and increased the use of high-risk protection orders, also known as red-flag legislation.