Florida’s primary elections were held today and the results — some surprising — have significant potential impacts for gun owners. So let’s look at the results. First, lets looks at the Republican side.
Ron DeSantis winning the nomination for governor is a big win for Florida gun owners. He has the congressional background and pedigree to fight the gun-grabbers here on the state level. He has fought as a strict constitutionalist and that’s what gun owners need in the governor’s mansion.
Matt Caldwell won a four-way race and would be a good pick for the office of Agriculture Commissioner. He had upset the NRA’s Marion Hammer because he’s been aggressive and was told to tone it down. For our non-Florida readers, the Ag Commissioner is in charge of the agency that processes and issues conceal weapons permits.
As the nominee for attorney general, Ashley Moody is not the best choice for gun owners. She’s known as a Pam Bondi clone and someone that Florida Carry could not support. She backs Bondi’s actions in fighting open carry in Norman v. State and also supported the requirement that the NRA name their defendant in their law suit against the age restriction as part of the SB 7026 gun control bill.
Governor Rick Scott, who signed Florida’s gun control bill SB 7026 into law won by a landslide. His victory is a bitter pill to swallow. A Republican in the Senate come November would be good because it would mean unseating incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. But a Scott win would mean rewarding his anti Second Amendment actions. Floridians are stuck between a rock and a hard place with him. If he wins, President Trump gets another seat to help confirm SCOTUS appointments. But again, he would be rewarded for betraying gun owning Floridians.
Now on the Democrat side . . .
In a surprising upset, Andrew Gillum, the current Mayor of Tallahassee, upset Gwen Graham by two percentage points to take the nomination in the governor race. Jumping from last place to the lead in a five way race, he defeated Graham and her belief that it was her turn since her father was once governor, too. Gillum is very much an anti-gun politician…
And he even has Bernie Sanders’ endorsement and support.
Sean Shaw is currently a Florida State House Rep and now the Democrat challenger for attorney general. He has based his entire legislative career on attacking and reducing Second Amendment freedoms and if elected, he’d make Florida gn owners pine for Pam Bondi.
Nikki Fried, the nominee for Agriculture Commissioner, is a relative unknown and a South Florida native. She backs gun control and wants to make concealed weapon permits much harder to get. She backs removing state preemption and favors allowing cities to pass their own patchwork of gun control laws.
Incumbent Senator Bill Nelson ran unopposed and will fight to keep his seat against Rick Scott. He’s no friend of gun rights and there are currently more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida.
Gov. Scott won the governor’s office by one percent for his second term against former Republican turned Democrat Charlie Crist.
President Trump won Florida by only two points over Hillary Clinton.
Floridians who support gun rights have a tough battle ahead of them come November.