Gov. Rick Scott (R) of Florida (left) has rejected a request from Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa to allow local authorities to ban guns in the downtown area during the Republican National Convention in August. It seems that he wants armed citizens in Florida to be able to "Stand Your Ground." Mind you, there is one type of gun that is banned during the convention: water guns. From Reuters:
Citing Second Amendment protections in the U.S. Constitution, Scott told Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn that conventions and guns have co-existed since the nation's birth and would continue to do so during the four-day event beginning August 27.
"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," the Republican governor said in a letter on Tuesday.
Local officials need Scott's permission to enact the temporary restrictions after state lawmakers last year passed a measure that prohibits local governments from adopting gun ordinances that are stricter than state law.
...In a letter to Scott, Buckhorn said the Tampa City Council had banned a host of items from the area surrounding the convention facility, a list that includes water guns, poles and pieces of wood.
"One noticeable item missing from the city's temporary ordinance is firearms," Buckhorn wrote. "In the potentially contentious environment surrounding the RNC, a firearm unnecessarily increases the threat of imminent harm and injury to the residents and visitors to the city."
...The City Council wants to extend the restrictions to all of downtown, including areas that have been designated zones for protesters expected at the event.