The White House has expressed its disapproval of Governor Ron DeSantis (R), of Florida, for signing a state law that eliminates the need for a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
The bill, which was approved by the Florida Senate with a vote of 27 to 13, will enable residents to carry a firearm outside their homes without obtaining a permit, making Florida the 26th state to allow constitutional carry without a permit. However, the restrictions already in place for felons and other prohibited individuals who cannot carry a firearm in public will not be altered.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that the timing of the bill’s signing, so soon after another tragic school shooting, was “shameful.” In a statement released on Monday, Biden’s press secretary called for new gun control measures, including a ban on assault-style weapons and stricter background checks for gun buyers.
“The people of Florida deserve better, as they have already paid a steep price for state and congressional inaction on guns, from Parkland to the Pulse nightclub to Pine Hills.”Karine Jean-Pierre
The controversy surrounding the bill highlights the ongoing debate over gun control measures in the United States. While proponents of stricter gun laws argue that they are necessary to reduce gun violence, such laws infringe on Second Amendment rights and do not effectively address the root causes of gun violence.