NFGR calls on Gov. DeSantis and Florida Legislature to Overturn Open Carry Ban

Sep 25, 2023

Tallahassee, FL.- The National Foundation for Gun Rights (legal branch of the National Association for Gun Rights) called on Governor DeSantis, Attorney General Moody and the Florida Legislature to address the state prohibition on open carry of firearms.

“For years the State of Florida has unconstitutionally banned the exercise of the open carry of firearms. Florida recently had the opportunity to correct this statutory error and bring Florida’s Code of Laws into alignment with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by repealing the open carry prohibition along with the enactment of permitless concealed carry, but Florida’s lawmakers failed to do so,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights in his letter addressing the parties.

It is the contention of the Foundation that the prohibition on the open carry of firearms is categorically opposed to the text, history, and tradition of the Second Amendment, and that the policy fails any legal challenge where the Supreme Court’s precedent is faithfully applied.    

“Should the Florida Legislature fail to take action in the next legislative session to remove this unconstitutional infringement on Floridians’ right to bear arms, the National Foundation for Gun Rights will explore all legal options to force the State of Florida to comply with the Second Amendment in the federal courts in order to protect the constitutional rights of her citizens,” warns Brown.

A copy of the letter may be found here: https://action.gunrightsfoundation.org/pdf/FL_open_carry_cease-and-desist.pdf

         The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.
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