According to both WCTV news and WTXL news in Tallahassee, Florida, the leading Republican contender for governor, Adam Putnam, says he supports carrying guns on college campuses as well as open carry. Putnam is currently the Florida Agriculture Commissioner, heading the agency that issues Florida’s concealed carry weapon permits.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Tuesday that there should be fewer “gun free zones” in the state. Florida legislators in recent years have considered several proposals to loosen gun restrictions, but the measures have stalled.
This is the first time a gubernatorial candidate in Florida has openly stated support for open carry and campus carry. Previous governors like Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush never supported either loosening of the state’s gun control laws. That applies to current governor Rick Scott, too.
While this is hopeful news for Floridians, despite being under Republican party control for the past twenty years, open carry and campus carry bills have been blocked before reaching the governor’s desk.
This past session it was Republican Senators Rene Garcia and Anitere Flores who stood in the way. Previous culprits have included Senator Miguel Díaz de la Portilla (R), Representative Charles McBurney (R), Senator John Thrasher (R), and Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff (R).
Here’s hoping that if Commissioner Putnam’s candidacy is successful, we don’t get fooled again.