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FL Gov. Scott rejects request to prohibit carrying of guns

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TAMPA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from the Tampa mayor to prohibit the carrying of guns in downtown during the Republican National Convention this summer because it would infringe upon "sacred constitutional traditions," according to a letter released Wednesday.

Concerned about the politically charged atmosphere on the streets outside the convention hall, Mayor Bob Buckhorn wrote to Scott Tuesday asking for an executive order that would temporarily override state laws allowing people with concealed weapons permits to transport firearms downtown.

The Republican governor fired off a letter to Buckhorn later Tuesday, denying the request in no uncertain terms. Scott said banning firearms in downtown Tampa would infringe on citizens' constitutionally protected rights to legally arm themselves.

Buckhorn, a Democrat, told reporters Wednesday he was disappointed but not surprised.

"I believe that there is no reason to have a concealed firearm in downtown Tampa that week," Buckhorn said in a statement. "And, to be clear, I am far less concerned with those who have concealed weapons permits than the ones who may somehow acquire a weapon and use it to create mayhem ... These are extenuating circumstances and should be treated as such."

Wow, just wow! Contradicting himself in one single sentence.

Well, what else to expect from a Dem out of Illinois......oh wait

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Gun-grabbers don't employ reason; they use excuses.

The presence of the convention is merely a premise to negate state law and fundamental rights, even while acknowledging that the criminals will have guns, regardless. Once the convention ends, the anti-gun contingent will simply fabricate another "compelling need" to negate our rights with.

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