Hurricane Ian Exposes the Need For National Constitutional Carry

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Florida – -(’s criminals look at hurricane evacuees about the same way Caribbean pirates salivated over fat Spanish merchant ships heavily laden with gold.

At the very least, hurricane evacuees have a car full of gas, hundreds of dollars in cash, prescription drugs, food, water, and valuables too precious to leave at home.

Florida recognized this in 2015, when then-Gov. Rick Scott signed what became known as the state’s “Hurricane Gun Law.”

The law allows Floridians to carry a concealed firearm for 48 hours while complying with a mandatory evacuation order, regardless of whether they have a valid Concealed Weapon and Firearm license.

There are a few conditions. The governor or local authorities must first declare a state of emergency, and then a mandatory evacuation order must follow. Also, the governor can extend the 48-hour limit if needed.

When the Hurricane Gun Law was signed, the states contiguous to Florida didn’t recognize it. It still isn’t, although Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia now have constitutional carry.

Those who drafted and sponsored the legislation were certainly well-meaning, but when judged by today’s standards, and the fact that half of the country now enjoys constitutional carry, the law seems a bit quaint.

It’s as though officials realized that a hurricane trumped the normal bureaucratic rules and processes, so they agreed to temporarily stop requiring their subjects to bend a knee, pay a fee and ask the government to sell them back their constitutional rights in the form of a concealed-carry license, but only for 48 hours.

In other words, the government agreed to make it easier for people to defend themselves, but only for two days.

What if there wasn’t a time limit?


To be clear, the threats associated with a hurricane are great, especially during an evacuation when predators abound. However, normal daily life in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and dozens of other cesspools where local officials have allowed crime to spiral out of control is dangerous too.

Should we not make it easier for the good folks who live in these cities to defend themselves? The threats they face are not short-lived and cyclonic. They’re constant and pervasive.

Constitutional carry allows law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit or license. It levels the playing field against the criminals, who have always carried concealed firearms without permits or licenses.

If an evacuation order is issued, I’m sure those without Florida CWFLs who flee Hurricane Ian’s path will appreciate their two-day constitutional-carry allowance. However, the need for real constitutional carry is greater than 48 hours and should be offered to everyone.

Hurricane Ian highlights the dire need for constitutional carry in Florida and how constitutional carry for all should be our true goal. Our right to keep and bear arms didn’t come with a two-day time limit, and it applies to all law-abiding Americans.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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god is the reason we have rights not 2a , 2a is recognition of rights and a keep your dirty stinking hands off what is not yours statement

Last edited 1 year ago by swmft

Please, please, please. Stop saying Consitutional Rights. We do not have Consitutional Rights. We have Rights protected by the Constitution.

As a writer / journalist you have to understand that words matter. Please stop saying and writing that.


Constitutional carry in all 50 states should not hinge on a crises . The 2nd amendment is a right not a privilege we need permission from big brother for . FJB and all Democrats.


I forgot, Florida like South Carolina was – carry is only concealed there and only allowed by permission of the government. How un-natural…




Last edited 1 year ago by Stag

I would like to see national carry. However, I wonder if that is a good idea. After all, what the feds giveth, the feds can taketh away! At least my carry rights depend on MO officials. No matter what CA, or other state decides.


I am right in the 10 ring for this hurricane and I just renewed my CWP last Friday. Maybe I should have waited, but am not convinced that the do gooders will allow permitless carry anytime in my lifetime.


You’re right , we’ll probably never see it in our lifetime. I hope the hurricane misses you, good luck!


I guess you missed the whole 30.05, 30.06, and 30.07 signs. Or the 51% signs. Recognized permittees: Despite no longer requiring a permit to carry a handgun, Texas still issues licenses to residents who are 21 years or older. A permittee must be at least 21, carry his handgun concealed or, if carried openly, in a holster, and produce his license when a policeman requests his ID. Places off-limits to carry include courts, polling places, racetracks, K-12 schools, colleges (concealed carry O.K. w/restrictions), correctional & civil commitment facilities, mental hospitals & sporting events. General hospitals, nursing homes, amusement parks, bars… Read more »

Qui Bono?

I have long supported the push for national carry reciprocity, with uniform qualification standards for safety and proficiency training. Unfortunately, the trend to pass constitutional carry laws has probably made that impossible, since many states will never grant reciprocity without such standards in place. National constitutional carry likewise is highly unlikely to ever become law, since it will never be supported by the majority of voters nationally. Most voters favor training requirements and criminal background checks, and an increasing number also want mental health screening. In my opinion, those who push for constitutional carry are often sacrificing the possible in… Read more »


I still don’t understand why these articles continue to claim that some states have constitutional carry. There is not a single state that allows constitutional carry. There are many that allow permitless carry but even those states still have laws in place dictating who, what, when, where, and how one may carry. Just because they have decided to call their law “constitutional carry” doesn’t necessarily make it so.


I concur.