Gov Scott Of Florida Wil Not Ban CCW At Conventions

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  1. raven818

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    TAMPA | Gov. Rick Scott is saying no to Tampa's request to ban carrying concealed weapons outside the Republican National Convention, according to a letter from Scott sent to Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

    Buckhorn wrote to Scott on Tuesday requesting that the governor issue an executive order prohibiting the transportation of firearms in downtown Tampa during the convention.

    In a response dated the same day, Scott suggests that Tampa is overreaching in its request. Already, he says, the Secret Service will ban firearms inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum itself as well as in a security perimeter immediately around the convention campus.

    "You are now requesting that citizens be disarmed in all of downtown Tampa, including in areas across the river, and distant, from the convention center and Secret Service safe zone," Scott wrote.

    A 2011 law pre-empts cities and counties from passing local laws regulating firearms or ammunition.

    As a result, Tampa plans to ban many weapons (clubs, slingshots, brass knuckles) and items that could be used as weapons (crowbars, glass bottles, water pistols) outside the Aug. 27-30 convention — but it cannot ban guns carried with a state concealed weapons permit.

    Amid the highly charged protests near the convention, someone with a concealed weapon could end up in an incident covered by Florida's "stand your ground" law, according to legal experts. That's the law that has fueled controversy over a neighborhood watch volunteer's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

    Buckhorn wants to ban carrying concealed firearms inside the city's proposed "Event Zone," which covers downtown and a few surrounding areas.

    In his letter to Scott, Buckhorn noted that Florida's firearms laws do not authorize anyone with a concealed-weapons permit to carry a gun into certain places, including athletic events, polling places and meetings of the Legislature.

    "An event like the RNC may not have been contemplated at the time these statutes were enacted, but the city strongly believes that the RNC meets the spirit of the exemptions," Buckhorn said.

    But Scott responded that "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."

    He further said "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. It is at just such times that the constitutional right to self-defense is most precious and must be protected from government overreach."

    Scott said he is confident that the "many federal, state and local law enforcement agencies focused on the RNC will fully protect Floridians and visitors, without the need to resort to sweeping infringements on our most sacred constitutional traditions.
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    Guts3d Well-Known Member

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    Hell, I like this guy! I always ask a store owner who has a namby pamby sign at the front of the store if he will jump between me and an armed and crazed lunatic and take the bullet for me, since he feels that he has the right to disarm me. After he sputters and says no, I tell him that I'll take my business and my cash elsewhere.
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