On Memorial Day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom was set straight by Gov. Ron DeSantis after falsely claiming that his policies lead to the recent shooting in Hollywood, Florida. The shooting in question took place on Monday at the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, and left 9 people hospitalized, including minors. As is the norm for Democrats, Newsom attempted to politicize the tragedy, blaming it on a DeSantis bill which does not require a permit to conceal carry in the state. Newsom tweeted:
“DeSantis signed a permit-less carry bill in April that removes requirements for: -background checks -instruction -training+oversight. Until our leaders have the courage to stop bowing down to the NRA and enact common sense gun safety this kind of senseless violence will continue.”
DeSantis signed a permit-less carry bill in April that removes requirements for:
Until our leaders have the courage to stop bowing down to the NRA and enact common sense gun safety this kind of senseless violence will continue. https://t.co/iX6ryxsPwv
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 30, 2023
But the DeSantis team was quick to respond and press secretary Jeremy Redfern pointed out that the bill Newsom referenced is not even in effect yet. Redfern wrote, “Hi Gavin. How does a law that doesn’t take effect until July 1st change this outcome?”
The DeSantis bill also isn’t free reign for anyone to purchase a firearm. According to Fox:
Under existing Florida law, people who wish to obtain a license to carry concealed weapons in public must:
-Be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States
-Be at least 21 years old
-“Desire a legal means to carry a concealed weapon” for lawful self-defense
-Pass a fingerprint-based background check
-Complete a firearms training class, among other requirements.
The Federal Government still requires arms dealers to run a background check on gun purchasers as well.