New Bill Would Allow Gun Owners to Carry Without a Permit
Gun rights are an enduring topic of conversation and debate across the United States. Every year, more than 39,000 people die as a result of gun injuries. In the wake of repeated instances of serious gun violence, many groups are calling for reformed gun laws that limit the number of people who have access to firearms. In Florida, however, a new bill was recently proposed that would lower state restrictions and make it easier to obtain a concealed carry license and a firearm.
In early October, Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-In-The-Hills, filed legislation that, if approved by the state Legislature, would eliminate the need for individuals to obtain a permit for concealed carry.
What Are Current Concealed Carry Laws In Florida?
To understand why this newly proposed law is significant, it’s important to first review the current state of Florida’s gun laws. As of 2019, open carry is not permitted in Florida and concealed carry requires a permit. Once an individual has a permit for concealed carry, they can also carry tasers, electronic weapons, billy clubs, and knives. To be eligible for a concealed carry permit you must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be a resident of the United States
- Complete a gun safety course (or have military training)
- Reside in the United States
- Not have 2 or more DUI convictions within the 3 previous years
- No convictions of violent crime in the past 3 years (misdemeanor or felony)
Once a person determines they’re eligible for concealed carry, to receive their license they must send an application to the state. The cost of the permit is $97 and it’s valid for seven years.
What is a Constitutional Carry Law?
The bill proposed by Rep. Sabatini would establish in Florida a system known as Constitutional Carry. Supporters of Constitutional Carry laws believe that government bureaucracies should not have a say regarding second amendment rights. Current states that permit constitutional carry include:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
In some of these states, residents who wish to carry a gun must pass a background check and possess a valid photo ID. In most states that allow constitutional carry, however, as long as the individual is of legal age, they can carry a gun on their person without a permit.
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If you’re facing gun charges, the first thing you should do is obtain legal defense. The Umansky Law Firm has more than 100 years of combined experience defending firearm cases and wants to help you too. We understand the details of Florida gun laws and how they apply to your specific situation. With details from your case, we can create a viable defense strategy that stands up in court.
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