DeSantis Signs GOA Backed Permitless Concealed Carry


April 3, 2023 

Washington, D.C. — Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed permitless concealed carry into law in Florida, ending a historically racist policy that has been on the books for more than a century. Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been leading the charge in this effort for some time and applauds the Governor for his leadership on the issue. 

John Velleco, GOA’s Executive Vice President, issued the following statement:  

“It was a pleasure to attend the signing ceremony with Governor DeSantis today in Tallahassee, and we commend him for pushing lawmakers to right this discriminatory wrong from the state’s past.” 

Luis Valdes, GOA’s Florida State Director, added:  

“This has been a long, hard-fought battle, and we are excited to get a victory over the finish line. Still however, senior GOP lawmakers have rebuffed our demands at every turn to enact open carry, which leaves Florida in very liberal company. GOA will continue our efforts to pressure state lawmakers to step up to the plate, build off this victory, and enact open carry. Keeping a policy on the books that was enacted at the behest of Janet Reno, which leaves us in the company of Illinois and New York, is something that every freedom lover should get behind.” 

GOA spokesmen are available for interviews.  Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.