DeSantis Signs Bill Removing Concealed Carry Permit Requirement In Order To Carry Firearm In Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed legislation on Monday that will do away with the need for a concealed carry permit in order to carry a gun on one's person for self-defense.

A gun owner does not require any additional permission to carry a concealed weapon, according to CBS News, as long as the bearer also has a valid ID and can provide it upon request from law authorities.

Before, in order to carry a concealed weapon, a permit was needed. To obtain a permit, a person had to satisfy a number of citizenship and residence requirements, including passing a background check and completing a firearms safety course.

The statute forbids open carrying of weapons, and this practice is still illegal under Florida state law. Any person carrying a handgun must conceal it. The law is going into force on July 1.

With the law's passing, Florida becomes the 26th state to do away with the need for a concealed carry permit.

According to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, Florida's gun regulations stand in contrast to "constitutional carry" states that also allowed open carry without a permit.

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