Rick Scott to reject Tampa Mayor Bob Bouckhorn's push for gun control at 2012 RNC

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Rick Scott strongly rejects Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s request to prohibit guns, including concealed weapons, from being carried in downtown Tampa during the 2012 Republican National Convention. Citing the Second Amendment, the Governor writes in a letter to be sent later this morning that “it is unclear how disarming law-abiding citizens would better protect them from the dangers and threats posed by those who would flout the law.”

Scott expresses confidence that convention-goers will be safe, noting that the security plan already prohibits guns in the convention center and an adjacent safe zone established by the Secret Service. “We have had political conventions in this country since the dawn of the Republic,” he writes. “They are an essential means of furthering our Constitutional rights of free speech and to vote. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has coexisted with these freedoms for just as long, and I see no reason to depart from that tradition this year.”

The letter from Gov. Scott is below:

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H/t to the Morning Score.

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