Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs House Bill 543 into law. (Photo: flgov.com)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs 'constitutional carry' into law

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 3 signed into law House Bill 543, the "constitutional carry" legislation that allows Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a government-issued permit.

HB 543 goes into effect July 1, making Florida the 26th state to enact "constitutional carry" legislation, according to a post on the governor's website.

“Constitutional Carry is in the books,” DeSantis said in the post.

As Fox News reported:

The U.S. now has a majority of states with constitutional carry laws on the books after Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Monday that eliminates the requirement for an individual to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

The law allows eligible residents who are at least 21 years old to carry without having to acquire a permit or pay a fee.

Ohio's "permitless carry" law went into effect June 13, 2022, when it became legal for a "qualifying" adult to carry a concealed handgun without a license in Ohio.

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