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“Dozens” protest permitless carry bill at Florida state capitol

By Cam Edwards 


Back in January of 2020 I had the privilege of speaking at the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Lobby Day rally at the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia. I’ll never forget standing at the podium in front of the capitol building and looking down the hill at a sea of tens of thousands of gun owners filling Capitol Square and the downtown streets in opposition to the scores of newly introduced gun control bills, including a ban on so-called assault weapons. It was an impressive sight, and it portended a difficult session for gun control activists who managed to get almost a half-dozen measures enacted into law but failed to turn their gun ban bill into law.

If anti-gunners were hoping for a similar turnout in Tallahassee this week to protest the GOP’s push for permitless carry, they didn’t get their wish. Instead of a crowd of 30,000 or more, the number of attendees at the anti-gun rally outside of the state capitol on Thursday could be counted in the “dozens”.

The rally was organized by the group ‘March for Our Lives,’ which was created by survivors of the 2018 Parkland shooting.

The same day, House lawmakers debated a permitless concealed carry bill and a bill that would lower the minimum age to own a long gun from 21 to 18.

Governor DeSantis has already said if the permitless carry measure makes it to his desk, he will sign it into law.





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