A special session of the Florida legislature ordered by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week could give lawmakers a shot at passing permitless concealed carry. 

Legislation removing the requirement that a license is needed to carry a concealed firearm was introduced in the state House this last session but died in committee without a vote. However, with DeSantis' executive order issued on Tuesday over redistricting lines, the upcoming special session could see concealed carry reform on the menu. 

DeSantis told reporters this week he "would love to have" constitutional carry sent to his desk at the end of the session. 

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, whose carry bill had been left on the table in Tallahassee this year, was elated by the news, launching a public petition and tweeting, "BREAKING: @GovRonDeSantis is calling a Special Legislative Session to pass Constitutional Carry. Thank you to the patriots around our State who’ve joined me in keeping this issue at the forefront for the last 3 years RINOs have killed my Con Carry Bill for 3 years—not this time!" 

 

Sabatini's remarks were echoed by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican who said in part, "The only permit a gun owner should need is the Second Amendment."

 

Currently, 24 states recognize some form of permitless concealed carry, including three – Alabama, Indiana, and Ohio – that only adopted such measures this year. 

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