First and foremost is the primary for governor. Ron DeSantis is one of two Republican candidates running.
DeSantis Supports both open carry and campus carry. Florida Carry did not ask the question, but DeSantis specifically mentioned that he also supports constitutional carry. Regarding Parkland, DeSantis stated he was against SB 7026 and would have voted no or vetoed it if he had been a member of the Florida legislature or governor. Lastly, DeSantis stated he would appoint strict constitutionalist judges to the Florida Supreme Court.
Frank White, who is running for attorney general in the primary approached Florida Carry during a legal seminar before they approached him. Florida Carry states that White is “not a Bondi clone.“ When asked about SB 7026, White stated he would have consented to the NRA plaintiff remaining anonymous in the NRA’s suit against SB 7026 (current AG Pam Bondi filed to remove anonymity from the juvenile plaintiffs).
White also opposes Bondi’s overuse of legal procedure to fight lawsuits seeking to affirm constitutional rights (Norman v. Florida). White said he’d go after violations of F.S. 790.251 – Parking Lot Carry. The law that lets employees keep firearms in their cars even if the employer bans guns on their property. The House of Mouse (Disney) is a big time violator of this law. AG Bondi has not gone after violators.
Lastly, White said that as Attorney General, he’d seek investigation and prosecution of the Miami Beach Officers who violated the civil rights of Floridians who were open carrying in Miami Beach (see coverage here, here, and here.)
Blaise Ingoglia is the Chairman of the Florida Republican Party and running for reelection as a state representative. Friday describes a conversation he had with Ingoglia this way:
As we were walking and ending the conversation, we mentioned that gun owners were EXTREMELY upset with the legislature over SB 7026 and their performance on 2A issues in recent years. He waved it off stating “Yes, we know”. We then said, “No, we don’t think you do…they’re mad to the point of staying home in November.” He literally stopped and was taken aback.
We related that is the attitude of much of the membership based on the passage of SB 7026 and extreme frustration with the Republican party on not advancing good and meaningful legislation. Having an (R) next to your name is no longer a guaranteed vote.
There were a number of high-ranking Republicans who refused to meet with Florida Carry.
One of those who refused to meet was Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services commissioner Adam Putnam, who’s also running for governor. According to Florida Carry;
“Commissioner Putnam initially declined to meet, then finally agreed to have a staffer meet with us. Numerous texts were exchanged attempting to schedule a meeting were sent, before the staffer stopped responding.”
Senator Bill Galvano likewise did not respond to Florida Carry’s multiple meeting requests.
As for state representative Chris Sprowles,
We requested to meet prior to the summit on June 14. There was no response. At the summit, we again requested a brief meeting, and received an offer to meet in August. To date, the meeting has not occurred.
So much of the Republican establishment has decided not to meet with Florida Carry, but all the Republican outsiders that are supported by President Trump did. It seems that the Florida GOP is going to be facing an uphill battle in November if they continue treating Floridians like this.