Ron DeSantis Signals Support for Constitutional Carry

( In a very brief video clip last week, Governor Ron DeSantis said “of course” when asked if he would sign a bill supporting constitutional carry.

The video was shot while Governor Ron DeSantis was hosting the Florida Republican Executive Committee at the Governor’s mansion. And in no time, gun rights organizations were celebrating the “of course” answer and claiming DeSantis had pledged his support for the proposed constitutional carry legislation introduced by Florida Representative Anthony Sabatini.

The National Association for Gun Rights sent out a press release announcing that DeSantis had committed to signing Sabatini’s legislation once it has passed.

Matt Collins, the Director of Legislation for Florida Gun Rights also celebrated the news, saying they were thrilled to have the Governor’s support and urged the Florida legislature to swiftly pass Sabatini’s bill.

But it isn’t clear from that video clip if DeSantis was pledging to support Sabatini’s bill specifically or just saying “of course” he would sign a bill allowing constitutional carry in Florida. According to Governor DeSantis’ spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw, the governor doesn’t comment on details of legislation he hasn’t seen yet, which seems to indicate it was the latter, not the former.

Pushaw later told the website Bearing Arms that the Governor was answering a hypothetical question on constitutional carry and not responding to any particular legislation. She reiterated that DeSantis will not agree to support any bill until he has had a chance to read it.

According to Florida Senate Majority Leader Debbie Mayfield, the legislature will probably be looking to take up legislation on making Florida a constitutional carry state during the upcoming legislative session beginning in January.

If the Legislature passes constitutional carry and it is signed by Governor DeSantis, Florida would become the 22nd state to allow eligible gun owners to carry a firearm openly or concealed without a permit.

Currently, concealed carry permits in Florida are granted by the Agriculture Commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried. Fried is running in the Democrat primary to challenge Governor DeSantis in 2022.

In response to the news that DeSantis supported constitutional carry, Fried accused DeSantis of supporting the measure as a way to rile up his base.