Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam also happens to be the top GOP candidate for Governor of Florida in next year’s election.
One of his selling points is that he completely supports changing Florida law to allow “law-abiding gun owners” to open carry in public places, as well as carry on college campuses too.
This is not the first time the issue has come up, but it may be the first time it is passes. For the past two years, every time Conservative lawmakers pushed for the bill, it died in the Senate.
Putnam stated, “There is absolutely a pathway for Florida to get to a form of open carry.”
He continued, “We have a track record in Florida of law-abiding citizens who submit their fingerprints, undergo a background check and lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Putnam said, “Continuing to expand their opportunities to exercise those Second Amendment rights is something I support.”
Miami Herald reports:
Putnam made the remarks at a press conference at the Florida National Guard Armory in Tallahassee, where he promoted a milestone for a two-year-old state program that expedites approval of concealed weapons permits for military service members and veterans.
More than 82,000 applications have been approved through that program since July 2015, when it was set up after a terrorist attack on two military installations in Tennessee that summer. About 1.8 million people have concealed weapons permits in Florida.
On specifically allowing campus-carry in the state, Putnam said: “I think that gun-free zones where the victims have no opportunity to defend themselves ought to be modified in a responsible way, so people can exercise their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves.”
Flanked by members of the Florida National Guard, Putnam added: “Think of the number of students who are also in the Guard. Think of the number of students who have done their time in Afghanistan or Iraq. Think of the number of students who have had extraordinary amounts of firearms training, who are highly qualified, highly competent and safe. There is absolutely a way for people to exercise their Second Amendment rights in a responsible way.”
Of course the Democrats are demonizing Putnam and his ideas for gun rights. How dare the people of Florida be allowed to act upon their 2nd Amendment rights?
While many states are making way for constitutional carry, I find it interesting that open carry is what Florida is pushing. Why not just push for constitutional carry?
I, myself, would not open carry. The reason being that if a person means to do harm, such as rob a store with a gun, then a person displaying a firearm could be the first target. Sometimes, the element of surprise is the only thing on our side! Don’t let others know what you have!
However, with that being said, I think that if you want to open carry then you should be able to. I also support the campus carry, one hundred percent.