RSS Feed of the blog
Reporter Ted Jackovics covers the RNC host committee. Email
Reporter William March has covered state and national politics since 1994. Email
Reporter Josh Poltilove covers RNC security and protests and the impact of the RNC throughout Tampa. Email
Florida Political Blogs:
Most Recent Entries
- Cramming time for those casting ballots Election Day
- StPetePolls says Sink leading among early voters
- Update: Scott says he’d veto Az anti-gay rights bill
- Az anti-gay rights law enters Fl governor’s race
- Gaetz, Weatherford: No major environmental actions coming in session
- Chamber poll: Jolly over Sink 44-42
- Medical pot advocate upset over booze measures
- Buckhorn host Obamacare weekend sign-ups
- Tampa Chamber urges MacDill emphasis in D-13 race
- Mr. Crist Goes to Tallahassee
- ‘Cash balance’ state pension bill filed
- Polls show Sink leading in CD 13
- Crist files papers for re-election bid
- Senate President Gaetz backs medical pot bill
- Florida House members stay with parties on debt ceiling vote
Buckhorn concedes defeat on gun ban
Posted May 2, 2012 by Kevin Wiatrowski
Updated May 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Mayor Bob Buckhorn conceded defeat Wednesday after Gov. Rick Scott flatly rejected his request to ban handguns from the downtown “event zone” during this summer’s Republican National Convention.
“We was pretty clear,” Buckhorn said. “It doesn’t appear as though there’s any wiggle room there.”
In a letter sent to Buckhorn’s office this morning, Scott cited gun-rights protections in both the federal and state constitutions as his reason for rejecting Buckhorn’s request.
The letter was dated May 1, the same date that Buckhorn sent his request.
Scott said he understood Buckhorn’s concern that allowing guns in the politically charged environment surrounding the RNC raise the stakes for potential violence. The city already plans to ban sticks, poles, water guns and lots of other potential weapons from the downtown “event zone.”
“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,” Scott said. “It is at just such times that the constitutional right to self defense is most precious and must be protected from government overreach.”
At a hastily called press conference, Buckhorn said police will “train accordingly” to deal with the potential for gun violence.
Buckhorn said he wasn’t concerned with people licensed to carry concealed weapons, a list that used to include him.
He said he was more worried about one of those licensed weapons getting loose and landing in the wrong hands.
“Some of the people that will be here in August are not exactly model citizens,” he said. “I think even the most ardent 2nd Amendment supporter would understand why I made that request.”