Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) announced his opposition to raising the age limit of purchasing guns to 21.
Putnam, in a statement: “As someone who grew up in possession of firearms, learning a respect for firearms and practicing the safe use of firearms as part of my heritage, I can’t support any policy or any law that destroys the family tradition of possessing and practicing safe use of firearms.” (Tampa Bay Times)
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION? Despite urging from his 16-year-old daughter, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (D) isn’t reconsidering his decision to not run for governor. Though when asked about the role of lieutenant governor, Buckhorn was a little more open-minded.
“I haven’t thought about that. That’s obviously an entirely different situation. That doesn’t require physically being in Tallahassee seven days out of the week as the current lieutenant governor has proven. That’s not a conversation that I’ve had with any of them,” Buckhorn said, adding, “If they want to talk to me about that, that’s fine.” (Tampa Bay Times)
SPECIAL SESSION. Housing investor Chris King (D) says Florida lawmakers “owe the Stoneman Douglas students and people of Florida” to address gun issues in a special session in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting.
In a statement, King said, “The proposals offered by Governor [Rick] Scott and Florida Republicans are too little, too late –– their plans have gaping loopholes that would still allow dangerous people to get their hands on deadly weapons.” (release)
ELECTION IMPROVEMENTS. Former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) called upon Scott to improve Florida’s election system in the wake of the Russian interference fears.
Graham, in a statement: “Governor Rick Scott cannot sit idly by and continue passing the buck to Trump. We can not rely on this president to protect America and our next election from foreign interference. Scott must immediately direct the Florida Department of State to protect our vote in 2018 and prevent the Russians from tampering with our state elections.” (release)
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