Ron DeSantis on Gun Control



Opposes waiting periods; instant checks will do the job

I think the background check should be instant. You have the thing, somebody goes, you can run them, and you can see. If there's a criminal conviction, if they're a felon, then, obviously, they ping. If they have mental health adjudication, then, of course, they're going to ping. But I think you want it to be instant background checks. People that go, law-abiding citizens exercising their rights, you shouldn't have to be on a mandatory waiting period. Instant checks will do the job.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus , Jan 4, 2024

It is time we enact constitutional carry in Florida

We also understand that part of fighting crime is to protect Floridians' right to defend themselves. A constitutional right should not require a permission slip from the government. It is time we join 25 other states to enact constitutional carry in the state of Florida!
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Florida legislature , Mar 7, 2023

Concealed carry statewide; open-carry on campuses

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Ron DeSantis (R): No. Solution to gun violence is "'identifying the problem people' rather than enforcing `blanket bans on the rights of law-abiding citizens.'" Supports allowing Floridians with conceal carry permits to carry openly on campuses.

Andrew Gillum (D): Yes. Called for additional restrictions after Parkland. Sued by NRA over prohibiting firing weapons in public parks.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Florida Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Allow carrying guns openly and on college campuses

DeSantis supports legislation to allow Floridians with concealed weapons permits to carry guns openly and on college campuses. Bills to allow both have failed in the GOP-controlled Legislature in the last three years.

He has also criticized the gun control measures in the bill passed by lawmakers in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The legislation banned rifle sales to those under 21, prohibited bump stocks and placed a three-day waiting period on all gun sales.

[Democratic gubernatorial opponent Andrew] Gillum called for a series of gun-control measures after the Parkland massacre, including a ban on assault weapons, limiting the size of magazines, banning armor-piercing bullets and prohibiting guns to those with domestic violence felonies or misdemeanors. The National Rifle Association has given DeSantis an A- grade and Gillum an F.

Source: Orlando Sentinel on 2018 Florida gubernatorial race , Aug 31, 2018

Opposes restrictions on gun purchases.

DeSantis opposes the PVS survey question on gun restrictions

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q10 on Aug 30, 2012

Other candidates on Gun Control: Ron DeSantis on other issues:
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Ryan Binkley (R-TX)
Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Larry Elder (R-CA;withdrew)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
Former V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN;withdrew)
Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Secy. Corey Stapleton (R-MT)
Mayor Francis Suarez (R-FL;withdrew)
Former Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)

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V.P.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (I-NY)
Chase Oliver (L-GA)
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Jill Stein (Green)
Cornel West (Green Party)
Kanye West (Birthday Party)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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