(FiveNation.com)- The National Association for Gun Rights is claiming that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pledged his support for proposed constitutional carry legislation. According to a press release, the gun-rights group announced that DeSantis had committed to signing legislation currently introduced in the Florida House into law once it has passed.
In a statement celebrating the news, Matt Collins, the Director of Legislation for Florida Gun Rights, said they were thrilled to have the Governor’s support and urged the state legislature to swiftly pass the constitutional carry bill.
The celebratory buzz was prompted by a very brief video clip shot while Governor DeSantis was hosting the Florida Republican Executive Committee at the Governor’s mansion last week. In the clip, DeSantis is asked about supporting constitutional carry. In the video, though DeSantis is not visible, a muffled “of course” is heard.
But the gun rights groups may be getting out over their skis just a little bit.
When asked about this supposed pledge to sign the pending legislation, the governor’s spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said that Governor DeSantis doesn’t comment on details of legislation he hasn’t seen yet. Pushaw said that the governor’s office would be monitoring the legislation throughout the process, and if there was anything new to report, she would let the press know.
The constitutional carry bill was introduced in the Florida House by Representative Anthony Sabatini. If the Legislature passes the bill 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.
In Florida, the person in charge of granting concealed carry permits is Agriculture Commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried. Fried, who has launched a Twitter-inspired campaign for the Democrat nomination for Florida Governor claimed DeSantis’ support for the constitutional carry bill is “political fodder” to rile up his base.
Of course, Fried’s opposition to the bill could also be described as “political fodder” to rile up her Twitter followers, most of whom do not live in Florida.