You just saw one of America’s most populous states, Florida, enact permitless carry legislation, following close on the heels of many other states that did so last year. Now over half the country’s states have some form of constitutional carry available to citizens. Nebraska may be the next state to enact a similar law. The Joe Biden White House is unhappy that so many Americans are allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights so freely. Garrett O’Leary reports for America’s 1st Freedom that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued an angry statement about Florida’s expansion of freedom. O’Leary writes:
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) signing of the state’s constitutional-carry bill “shameful,” and said it was the “opposite of commonsense gun safety” in a statement.
She also said that DeSantis “signed into law a permitless concealed-carry bill behind closed doors, which eliminates the need to get a license to carry a concealed weapon.”
It’s true, this bill does eliminate the need for a permit to exercise a constitutional right, just as it is also true that every purchase of a firearm from a federal firearms licensee (FFL) requires a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Those prohibited from owning a firearm, including convicted felons and more, are still unable to do so lawfully, just as they are unable to lawfully carry one concealed.
Moreover, to say this was signed “behind closed doors” implies that DeSantis did so secretly, and without support from the legislature, which is simply not true. The Florida House of Representatives and Senate both voted in favor of sending this bill to the governor’s desk by votes of 76-32 and 27-13, respectively, after the legislation had undergone lengthy public debate; debate that was covered at great length by virtually every Florida media outlet, as well as many nationally. DeSantis’ signing of the bill was made during an official signing ceremony, with many in attendance, including NRA representatives.
The statement finished with Jean-Pierre repeating President Joe Biden’s (D) oft-stated laundry list of gun-control proposals. “The President continues to call on Congress to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, require safe storage of firearms, eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability and require background checks for all gun sales, and for state officials to take action at the state level,” said Jean-Pierre.
This is far from the sitting press secretary’s first time stating outright falsehoods about firearms and our Second Amendment rights.
Just prior to last year’s midterm elections, Jean-Pierre said, “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic that will not end with thoughts and prayers alone. President Biden will continue to do everything in his power to reduce gun violence, including by calling on Congress to increase community violence intervention funding, ensure universal background checks, and send legislation to his desk banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
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