State of Florida Archives: on Gun Control


George LeMieux: Staunch believer in Second Amendment right to bear arms

I am a staunch and firm believer in the right to bear arms ensconced in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. If given the privilege to return to the Senate, I will continue to fight for our Second Amendment rights and actively resist any attempt to abridge those rights. I am a proud member of the NRA.

George is rated 'A' by the NRA and will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment in the Senate. Gun owners can count on George to fight to protect freedom & the Second Amendment.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" Jul 16, 2011

Rick Scott: A-rating from the NRA

Rick is the only candidate for governor to receive an A-rating from the NRA.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, rickscottforflorida.com Aug 19, 2010

Jeb Bush: Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened

In 2005, the governor signed into law another piece of NRA legislation on the topic of gun control. The bill was written by the NRA and expanded the rights of Floridians to use deadly force when threatened in public places. This proposal, known as the "stand your ground bill" expanded the rights of people to use guns or other deadly force to defend themselves without 1st trying to escape even in places outside their homes. The law stipulated that a person "has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force."

The bill was opposed by police chiefs in high crime areas like Miami and Broward County who claimed it would lead "drivers with road rage or drunken sports fans who get into fights leaving ball games to assume that they had total immunity." The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence argued that it could be used to defend people who shoot in the emotional rage associated with domestic violence and other high-stress events.

Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 80 Dec 11, 2009

Mitt Romney: Support the 2nd Amendment AND the assault weapon ban

I do support the Second Amendment. I would have signed the assault weapon ban that came to his desk. I said I would have supported that and signed a similar bill in our state. It was a bill worked out, by the way, between pro-gun lobby and anti-gun lobby individuals. Both sides of the issue came together and found a way to provide relaxation in licensing requirements and allow more people to--to have guns for their own legal purposes. So we signed that in Massachusetts, and I’d support that at the federal level. It did not pass at the federal level. I do not believe we need new legislation. I do not support any new legislation of an assault weapon ban nature, including that against semiautomatic weapons. We have laws in place that, if they’re implemented & enforced, will provide the protection and the safety of the American people. I do support the right of individuals to bear arms, whether for hunting purposes or for protection purposes or any other reasons. That’s the right that people have
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Duncan Hunter: Bearing arms is a tradition of the American soldier

Q: What is your opinion of gun control?

A: The right to keep and bear arms is an important element of community security, home security, and national security. I think it is a tradition of the American soldier. I will strongly enforce the Second Amendment as president of the United States.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

John McCain: I know how to use guns; but I don’t own one

Q: Tell us about your gun collection, roughly how many you own, what your favorite make, model and caliber is, if any of them require a tax stamp?

A: For a long time I used a lot of guns, including carrying a .45 as a pilot flying in combat over Vietnam. I know how to use guns. I don’t own one now.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Government can impose reasonable regulations on guns

Q: Why do you believe that citizens should be required to pass an exam in order to exercise their right to protect themselves and their families?

A: We have to be very aggressive about enforcing the gun laws that exist. The Second Amendment gives people an individual right to keep and to bear arms; however, [the] Government can impose reasonable regulations.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Jeb Bush: Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%

Public safety has been protected, and convicted criminals will continue to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. Over the last two years, the violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25 percent, translating into 18 fewer gun assaults each day in this state in 2000 compared to 1998.
Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature Jan 22, 2002

Jeb Bush: Use a Gun and You’re Done

Source: Governor’s web site, www.MyFlorida.com, “Initiatives” Nov 7, 2001

Hillary Clinton: Don’t water down sensible gun control legislation

We have to do everything possible to keep guns out of the hands of children, and we need to stand firm on behalf of the sensible gun control legislation that passed the Senate and then was watered down in the House. It does not make sense for us at this point in our history to turn our backs on the reality that there are too many guns and too many children have access to those guns-and we have to act to prevent that.
Source: Remarks to NEA in Orlando, Florida Jul 5, 1999

Jeb Bush: Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check

Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

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2012 Presidential contenders on Gun Control:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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