Florida GOP Governor Candidate: I Support Campus Carry, Open Carry

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.


  1. avatar Norincojay says:

    You know what they say in Texas. Fool me once shame on you, fool me again, you can’t get fooled again.

    Charlie Crist is a scumbag. The Florida sun fried his brain.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Charlie Crist is a scumbag.”

      Preach it.

      Charlie Christ is a power-hungry very politically ambitious little toad whose politics change as the wind blows.

      “Karma, Baby: Republican Traitor Charlie Crist Gets The Congressional Office He Deserves (The Worst)”


  2. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Adam Putnam was my lower-house representative for years.

    I have heard nothing that would indicate he would turncoat on us, but it has happened in the past.

    He’s running against slip-n-fall lawsuit mill John Morgan, who was instrumental in getting medical marijuana passed into law.


    I’m comfortable voting for Putnam…

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Since elected Agriculture Commissioner, Putnam has *lowered* the cost of a concealed carry permit *THREE* times:


      And he’s made it easier to apply for and renew your permit:

      “In 2014, Commissioner Putnam helped develop a first-of-its-kind partnership that authorized tax collectors’ offices to take fingerprints, photographs and accept applications on behalf of the department. Applications are still processed by the department. Within the last year, the department has received nearly 450,000 concealed weapon applications, of which 120,000 have been received via tax collectors’ offices.”


      Yeah, I’m voting for Putnam…

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        The Agriculture Commissioner is in charge of the cost of CWPs? That’s just weird.

        Well, our Railroad Commissioner is in charge of oil and gas regulations.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          He’s also over stuff like gas pump compliance seals, certifying delivery volume of the pumps…

    2. avatar Hank says:

      Slippin johnny!!!

    3. avatar Trollololol says:

      You say it like medical marijuana is a bad thing. My wife’s life with gastroparesis has improved significantly due to her ability to use medical marijuana. It’s reduced her constant nausea, given her an appetite and cut the pain she has from a permanently placed feeding tube without opiate based painkillers.
      I’ll likely be voting for Putnam but for once I feel like I’m not having to choose between a turd sandwich and a douche bag

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “You say it like medical marijuana is a bad thing.”

        *I* have no problem with legalized weed.

        I mentioned it because that makes Morgan a little darling of the Leftists in this neck-of-the-woods.

        Morgan is an opportunist. He’s expanded his already large practice to provide legal consultation for those growing and selling weed…

  3. avatar Jim Bremer says:

    Long time Florida resident….and while I’ll hold off judgement on Putnam….don’t expect any of these laws to pass.

    Post stated “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).”

    That’s really not 100% true..the REAL people behind blocking the laws were the Senate Republican leaders….They put these people in position of power to block the bills…and THEY could have went around them at any time to bring the bills directly to the Senate floor.

    The fact of the matter is there hasn’t been any major firearm law reform in Florida since 1987….30 years…the last 20 the Republicans have held all the power.

    So this next cycle will be the same. ALL the Republicans will court us people of gun saying how they will definitely bring the bills to a vote, this governnor will promise to sign them…and then once elected NOTHING will happen.

    Gee…see a pattern here with Republicans? Kinda like today with Obamacare?

    So maybe we here in Florida for once will hold these guys feet to the fire and actually primary out the SOBs whol keep lying to us. But since this state is probably two election cycles from turning Dem(thanks unfettered immigration both legal and illegal) I’m not holding my breath.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “The fact of the matter is there hasn’t been any major firearm law reform in Florida since 1987….30 years…”

      1987 was the biggie, the one that mattered – It started the legalized concealed-carry ball rolling in the U.S.

      We’re working on open carry. Putnam will sign it into law if it makes it to his desk…

      1. avatar Marco says:

        If what he says above is correct, then how would any bills make it to his desk?

        It’s not like rick scott has vetoed anything, so what’s the argument, besides making yourself feel good while ignoring the elephant in the room?

        1. avatar jjbrax says:

          Exactly….really doesn’t matter at this point who the governor is. It’s all about the Senate leadership. And they’ve been proven liars time and time again. Two groups are stopping this. First, the Sheriff’s in this state hold a crazy amount of power. And most of them don’t want it. So the Senate leadership bends over backwards to appease them. Second, the tourism industry is very much against this for some reason(not seeing many tourists not going to other states with open carry…Georgia, Texas, Arizona, etc etc). So these two groups work behind the scenes and brow beat the Senate Leadership into SAYING they will pass it but really working not to(typical politics).

          Until one of these Senate leaders is primaried out for this crap NOTHING will change.

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          ” Two groups are stopping this. First, the Sheriff’s in this state hold a crazy amount of power. And most of them don’t want it.”

          The first time medical weed came up for a vote, my sheriff, Grady “Because they ran out of bullets” Judd actively campaigned against it. Put in some serious hours speaking to groups, doing media interviews, etc. It failed to pass.

          Then, a funny thing happened.

          The next time it came up for a vote, Sheriff Judd was strangely silent on the issue. He could read the writing on the wall.

          *Boom*. It passed.

          Gun rights are ascendant in Florida. We will get OC passed.

          The Leftists will get the opportunity to work on their coping skills… 🙂

  4. avatar DDay says:

    Putnam is a legit conservative who can be trusted. He has a long track record, he’s not saying things to get elected, he’s been a man of action.

    1. avatar Robert Kramer says:

      You are correct Sir. He was my US Congressman for a little while. And as Ag Comissioner continues to lower the cost of ccl and makes the process smooth.
      We love “Opie”.

  5. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

    America has three political parties and two of them are Republican.

  6. avatar barnbwt says:

    Dude looks like John Edwards with a cheaper haircut…

  7. avatar Specialist38 says:

    He’s done some good thing while Ag Commish.

    As much of a regular guy as I’m likely to see in FL politics.

    I’ll vote for him.

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Can he run for Illinois governor too?Sounds great…?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Can he run for Illinois governor too?”

      I doubt he has any interest in a governor job in Illinois, where they end up in prison on a regular basis…

      1. avatar DDay says:

        They need to jail the chicago mayors, forget the governors. Rahm, Daley, etc. should be in prison.

  9. avatar Docduracoat says:

    That was a well researched article as it had the history of RINO’s blocking open carry in the Florida Senate
    I begin to think that it is the Republican Senate President, Jose Negron, who is behind open carry never leaving committee after the house passes it
    I plan to do everything I can to block turncoat Anitere Flores from ever holding office again after she blocked open carry this time
    Even if it means voting for a democrat
    I will also vote Putnam for Governor

  10. avatar Survivor of Wasteland says:

    FL law allows us to carry an antique firearm or replica openly!  FL Statute 790.001(6) which states that an antique is NOT even a firearm!! We need to do excatly what TX did and start openly carrying to raise awareness of our right and laws.  We need to organize and have rallys openly carrying firearms such as antiques or compleatly enclosed pistols such as lugers or P38’s, which is also compleatly legal as long as you can’t see the firearm in the holster.

  11. avatar stateisevil says:

    Bob White for Republican nomination for Fl Governor.

  12. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    I know a lot of those names that stand in opposition have (R)’s behind them but don’t let that confuse you because Florida has to be different….. Our wonderful state (sarcasm) has a closed primary system so only the people registered as one political party affiliation get to vote in the primaries for that particular party. That means if you are registered as a (R) when it comes primary time you get a ballot with all the (R) candidates on it but no other options. If you are registered as a (D) then your primary ballot has only the (D) candidates for you to choose from. This sets up a situation where a candidate can be one party because it increases their chance of election but in deed and action really be of the ‘other’ party. The term RINO is so very appropriate down here in the dick(south)-end of the state. They claim to be Republicans but then do everything like a Democrat/Leftist.

  13. avatar Libertarian says:

    Florida ? same wrong image as texas in point of gun friendly >> overated and mystic

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