Florida’s GOP gubernatorial candidate pushes for open, campus carry
By Andrew Shepperson
Adam Putnam speaks at a Tuesday press conference at the Florida National Guard Armory in Tallahassee. (Photo: James Call/Tallahassee Democrat)
Florida Agricultural Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam voiced some strong words of support for open and campus carry this week.
At a Tuesday press conference at the Florida National Guard Armory in Tallahassee, the GOP candidate discussed the issues in relation to recently failed pieces of legislation that would have made it legal to openly carry in public and also carry on university campuses, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
“I think there is absolutely a pathway for Florida to get to a form of open carry,” Putnam said. “And I think that we have a track record in Florida of law-abiding citizens who submit their fingerprints, undergo a background check and lawfully exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. And Continuing to expand their opportunities to exercise those 2nd Amendment rights is something I support.”
Putnam also spoke on ridding the state of gun-free zones at the press conference, which was scheduled to mark the two-year milestone of a Florida program that expedites concealed carry permits for veterans and military service members.
“I think that gun-free zones where the victims have no opportunity to defend themselves