1200 Weimer Hall | P.O. Box 118405
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-5551

A service of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

© 2024 WUFT / Division of Media Properties
News and Public Media for North Central Florida
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Gun instructors offer their perspectives as Florida becomes a 'constitutional carry' state

The permitless carry bill, House Bill 543, also dubbed “constitutional carry” by proponents, goes into effect July 1. The bill allows for the concealed carry of firearms without the need for a Concealed Weapon and Firearm License, which is acquired through a course.

Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law, making Florida the 26th state to allow permitless concealed carry.

Proponents of the bill argue the Second Amendment right to bear arms should not require permission from the government. Opponents fear it will exacerbate an already dire epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.

But the first point of contention is what to call the bill.

Jack is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.