Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...s-during-republican-convention/#ixzz1tmGb9wq6Gov. Rick Scott has refused a request from the Mayor of Tampa to prohibit the carrying of guns in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention this summer.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn had written to Scott asking for an executive order that would override state and federal laws allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms. He and other officials are worried about people toting guns in such a politically charged atmosphere.
In his letter to Scott, Buckhorn noted that Florida's firearms laws do not authorize anyone with a concealed-weapons permit to carry a gun into certain places, including athletic events, polling places and meetings of the Legislature.
"An event like the RNC may not have been contemplated at the time these statutes were enacted, but the city strongly believes that the RNC meets the spirit of the exemptions," Buckhorn said.
But Scott responded that "while the government may enforce longstanding prohibitions on the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, an absolute ban on possession in entire neighborhoods and regions would surely violate the 2nd Amendment."
He further said "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. It is at just such times that the constitutional right to self-defense is most precious and must be protected from government overreach."
Scott said he is confident that the "many federal, state and local law enforcement agencies focused on the RNC will fully protect Floridians and visitors, without the need to resort to sweeping infringements on our most sacred constitutional traditions.