By Vickie Neapolitan-Scott, Indivisible NWFL
Governor Rick Scott has signed five pro-gun bills into law, more than any other governor in Florida’s history. With 50 people dead after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016 and 17 killed recently in Parkland, Scott has also seen more Floridians die at the hands of mass gunmen than any other governor in Florida’s history.
Rick Scott’s 2014 NRA grade was an A-Plus. Among the legislation he signed:
- Authorizing Concealed Carry During Emergency Evacuations (2015).
- Prohibit Insurance Increases for Gun Owners (2014).
- “Threatened Use of Force Bill,” which allows armed citizens to display/point defensive firearm at assailant without criminal charges, so long as use of force is justifiable.
- HB523, allowing Florida’s tax collectors to fast track applications for the state’s concealed carry licenses.
- HB525, which extends public records exemption for concealed carry licensees to tax collectors.
- HB255 and SB424, which prohibit insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew an insurance policy because the applicant owns firearms.
- Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund, lauds Governor Scott: “Rick has signed more pro-gun bills into law in one term than any other governor in Florida history…We can continue to count on Rick Scott…”
Asked by a reporter, “Will you take a stand on mental health and gun control?” Scott answered, “There’s a time to continue to have these conversations.”
Governor Scott, that time is now. The citizens of Northwest Florida demand universal background checks. The laws we have now are clearly not working to keep our families safe:
- Eighteen mass shootings nationwide so far in 2018.
- We’re only 45 days into 2018.
- That’s one mass shooting every two and a half days.
- It’s only a matter of time before another mass shooting occurs in Florida
Universal background checks are supported by 90 percent of the American public and even most NRA members. Now, when our children are afraid to go to school, is the time for our representatives to discuss how universal background checks can help make our communities safer.