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Tallahassee, Florida | Wed May 2, 2012 11:33pm EDT
(Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott has rejected a request by Tampa's mayor to allow local authorities to ban guns from the city's downtown during the Republican National Convention in August.
Citing Second Amendment protections in the U.S. Constitution, Scott told Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn conventions and guns have co-existed since the nation's birth and would continue to do so during the four-day event beginning August 27.
... "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," the Republican governor said in a letter on Tuesday.
<isn't it easy to answer a question when you make it up yourself?>
... In a letter to Scott, Buckhorn said the Tampa City Council had banned a host of items from the area surrounding the convention facility, a list that includes water guns, poles and pieces of wood.
... That city officials have banned other items is irrelevant, he said. "The choice to allow the government to ban sticks, poles but not firearms, is one that the people made in enacting their state and federal constitutions," Scott wrote.
Somebody needs to tell Mr. Scott about that 9th amendment. The people have always had a non-enumerated right to carry sticks around, and he's violating it. With good justification, perhaps. Just as there would be for prohibiting the carrying of guns around near the event. Just as there is for North Carolina's law:
Officials in North Carolina are facing some of the same issues for the Democratic convention in Charlotte.
North Carolina state law is not quite as permissive of guns as Florida law. Guns cannot be carried at a demonstration or a parade in North Carolina, but are allowed if there is no demonstration, officials said.
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