Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Allows Guns at GOP Convention

| by Michael Allen

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has rejected a proposal by the city of Tampa to limit guns outside the Republican National Convention in Florida later this year. Gov. Scott claims that citizens need guns to protect themselves from protesters.

Last week, the Tampa City Council asked Gov. Scott to use his executive power to temporarily suspend a state law that prevents local governments from regulating guns.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the council has already issued a citywide ban on pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and squirt guns. 

The Secret Service has said that only law enforcement will be able to carry firearms inside of the convention center, but outside, citizens will be able to pack guns.

Gov. Scott said in his letter to the council: “The short answer to your request is found in the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. While the government may enforce longstanding prohibitions on the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, an absolute ban on possession in entire neighborhoods and regions would surely violate the 2nd Amendment.”

“Like you, I share the concern that ‘violent anti-government protests or other civil unrest’ can pose ‘dangers’ and the ‘threat of substantial injury or harm to Florida residents and visitors to the State.’ But it is unclear how disarming law-abiding citizens would better protect them from the dangers and threats posed by those who would flout the law."