FL Gov Race: Scott’s, Crist’s Second Amendment credentials examined

by Lee Williams, Herald-Tribune | JIM TURNER, The News Service of Florida  |  published on July 19, 2014

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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE || Gov. Rick Scott appears nearly bulletproof right now in the eyes of the National Rifle Association.

That assessment of Scott comes as the NRA notes that more pro-gun bills have 2Abeen signed into law in the past four years than during any other recent single gubernatorial term. The organization sent a message to members applauding Scott for setting the record.

Since taking office in 2011, Scott has signed into law 12 gun-related measures backed by the NRA. That total is nine more than former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist approved while enjoying an equally Republican-dominated Legislature between 2007 and 2010. Crist is now running for the Democratic nomination to face Scott in the November elections.

The total number of Scott’s signings remains two fewer than those inked by former Gov. Jeb Bush, who also affixed his name to a one-year record six pro-gun and pro-hunting bills in 2006. A year earlier, Bush had signed the “stand your ground” law. However, Bush’s overall total of 14 new pro-guns laws came during eight years as the occupant of the Governor’s Mansion.

“Governor Scott supports the Second Amendment, and works every day to ensure Florida families are kept safe,” spokesman John Tupps said in an email. “Florida is at a 43-year crime low, and Governor Scott will review any legislation that the Legislature passes and sends to his desk.”

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