We have a State population of 9 million voters and 2 million have concealed carry permits. Florida is called the “gunshine” state, has an F rating for gun safety, and is considered a laboratory for NRA priorities like “Stand Your Ground” and a recent idea: “Open carry while bird watching.”
My opponent – his NRA grade is 93% – voted NO to even opening discussion and debate in the FL House about assault weapons … in front of Parkland Survivors who were sitting in the gallery.
In 2017 he voted for weakening waiting periods, allowing guns in religious schools and allowing open carry for lawmakers – all 3 bills passed in the House but not in the Senate. After dying in the Senate, in 2018 my opponent re-introduced HB39 in the House that would minimize penalties for displaying guns in public.
I do not oppose gun ownership but I am very concerned about public safety and the escalation of violence we are seeing in Florida and therefore support regulation in the form of:
- Universal background checks
- Eliminate private sales
- Remove guns from those who could harm themselves or others as identified by police, mental health professionals and family members
- Military grade weapons, like assault rifles, should not be in the hands of the public
- Ban large capacity magazines