When it comes to passing Constitutional Carry, Republican foot-dragging has been most apparent in legislatures nationwide.
On January 11, 2022, Florida State Representative and congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini released a statement calling on Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls to put Constitutional Carry legislation for a vote.
Sabatini previously introduced Constitutional Carry bill HB 103 at the end of 2021.
Anthony Sabatini published the following statement:
It's time for Florida to pass Constitutional Carry. We have Governor Ron DeSantis' support, but RINO Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls doesn't want to hear the issue. Today, I am demanding a vote on the House floor so that every state legislator is forced to state their position for the public record.
Our Constitutional rights aren't granted to us by a government-issued permit. The Second Amendment protects our right to carry and protect ourselves from the violent mob that is currently sweeping our country.
The Florida State Representative called out Sprowls and described him as a coward, which he doubled down on in his statement:
Chris Sprowls is a coward. He refuses to hear Constitutional Carry on the House floor because he's afraid of blowback from the media. He is the number one enemy of the Second Amendment in Florida. I refuse to let this tyrant infringe on our Constitutional rights for his own personal, political gain.
Since he was elected in 2018, Anthony Sabatini has been Florida’s most outspoken pro-Second Amendment representative. Most importantly, Sabatini is willing to throw down with the political establishment.
I have always vowed to protect our Second Amendment rights from the radical Democrats and spineless RINOs like Sprowls. Let's hold a vote on the DeSantis-Sabatini Constitutional Carry bill today.
Reps like Sabatini are needed to make Constitutional Carry a reality in Florida. The Sunshine State is quite pro-gun — it occupies 25th and 22nd place for Guns & Ammo magazine’s Best States for Gun Owners and Best States for Concealed Carry respectively.
Nevertheless, the state can still improve its gun laws, especially after former Governor Rick Scott sold out in 2018 after he signed SB 7026, a bill which features a bump stock ban, red flag gun confiscation provisions, raises the age to buy a gun to 21, and establishes a three-day waiting period for all gun purchases.
Hopefully, Florida’s lawmakers follow Sabatini’s lead. If politics has taught us anything, the louder the grassroots activists get in demanding change, the quicker the political establishment will act on this pressure.
Silence is not an option.