Florida: Gillum picks up Democratic gubernatorial nomination (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
Gillium, shown with Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, is a fan of not only a $15 minimum wage and a Medicare for All policy but also of strengthening gun controls. (Photo: Shannon Watts/Twitter)
A favorite of gun control advocates and progressives, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is the Sunshine State’s Democratic contender for the next governor of Florida.
Gillum, 39, this week unexpectedly beat out a field of five other candidates in Florida’s Democratic primary to land him in a November face-off with Republican U.S. Rep.Ron DeSantis for the seat left open by the GOP’s term-limited Gov. Rick Scott.
Backed by progressive pacesetter Bernie Sanders and embraced by urban voters in the state’s largest cities, Gillium is a fan not only of a $15 minimum wage and a Medicare for All policy but also of strengthening gun controls.
The Democrat cites an extensive policy on gun safety as part of his platform, including a ban on “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines, implementing universal background checks, prohibiting armor-piercing bullets and taking guns from those on secretive government watch lists, among other concepts.
In 2017, Gillium took large credit for a Florida court upholding Tallahassee’s decades-old city ordinances banning the use of guns in public parks,