In 2017 The Florida Supreme Court ruled that:
Chapter 790 permits individuals to carry firearms in public, so long as the firearm is carried in a concealed manner. Pursuant to section 790.06, Florida employs a “shall issue” scheme for issuing licenses to carry concealed firearms in public. See id. Under this licensing scheme, which leaves no discretion to the licensing authority, the licensing authority must issue an applicant a concealed carry license, provided the applicant meets objective, statutory criteria. Id. Accordingly, as the Fourth District observed in explaining the breadth of Florida’s “shall issue” licensing scheme, the right of Floridians to bear arms for self-defense outside of the home is not illusory…
Norman v. State, 215 So. 3d 18, 21-22 (Fla. 2017)
The State of Florida has now suspended Concealed Carry Licensing. See Agriculture Commissioner “Nikki” Fried 's (D) order shutting down Concealed Carry licensing and providing an automatic expiration extension of 30 days for existing licensees.
In 1987 the National Instant Check System (NICS) did not exist and criminal history records were not as available by computer as they are today. The fingerprinting requirement for Concealed Carry licensing is no longer necessary.
We call on the Governor to waive the fingerprinting requirement and expedite concealed carry licensing or, if the Department of Agriculture is unable to process Concealed Carry Licenses quickly, suspend enforcement of Florida’s Concealed Carry and Open Carry Bans.
These laws are only constitutional if licensing is available.
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