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Thousands of gun owners email Gov. Scott seeking veto of NRA-backed gun law

More than 4,000 people emailed Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, telling him to veto the only gun bill that passed through the Florida Legislature this year.

The bill, HB 1355, aims to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and received the blessing of the National Rifle Association. It passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House on a 117-1 vote.

 Gun owners--who have sent Scott more than 20,000 emails in the last two weeks opposing any new gun legislation—are urging Scott to use his veto pen on HB 1355.

“I am opposed to any expansion of gun control, of any kind,” wrote Douglas Elliot, of Polk County. “Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg is bent on disarming every American in this country. I am an American citizen and am a responsible owner.”

The bill would close a loophole in Florida law that allows people who voluntarily commit themselves to a mental institution to buy a gun once they leave. People who are involuntarily committed under the state’s “Baker Act” laws are currently prohibited from buying firearms.

Most people who are committed into mental institutions in Florida do so voluntarily. Officials from the National Rifle Association worked with a Miami Gardens Democrat, Rep. Barbara Watson, to try and close the loophole.

Watson’s bill was one of more than a dozen gun control laws proposed by Florida Democrats this year, the first session after the mass shooting of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. Other than HB 1355, none of the bills received a hearing in Florida’s firearm-friendly Legislature.

 However, for the first time in several years, the Legislature did not pass any controversial bills to expand gun rights—perhaps a side effect of the national firestorm over gun crime.

With the NRA supporting HB 1355, it’s unclear who is organizing opposition against the proposal. Groups like Gun Owners of America have been known to be even more aggressive defenders of gun rights than the NRA. Many of the writers emailing Scott simply said they were opposed to any new gun laws. Others said they believed the mental health law would ensnare people who are law-abiding citizens and not mentally unstable.

In January, after the Newtown shootings, Scott said he wanted the Legislature to “look back at our laws.”

That statement also led to an influx of emails from gun owners who opposed new gun control.

The next day, Scott clarified his position.

"Governor Scott supports the second amendment and is not proposing any gun law changes," a spokesperson said in a Jan. 17 statement.

 Scott’s office did immediately not say whether the governor would sign or veto HB 1355.

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whasup

Rick Scott is right in leaving the Tea Party. It's not that they are all bad, it's just that they are not very intelligent for the most part. They can be very intolerant of others also.

OpenEye

This from someone who posts under "whasup". I could get 1000 people from the tea party and I bet 900 of them would be more intelligent that you. What a closed minded and self aggrandizing point of view you have. Do you have any evidence of the average I.Q. of a typical tea party member? what about evidence of their intolerance? See I've noticed people using the word "intolerance" when they really want someone to look "racist". I'm gonna call you out on BS and add that you are the intolerant one of the tea parties point of view. If you get a little more education of the issues they talk about, you will probably join them in a week. So give us some FACTS and "they said so on MSNBC" doesn't count.

OpenEye

I would also like to add that wanting to follow the law and strengthen the U.S. borders in not being "intolerant" It is being realistic. The real world doesn't work like the "touchy-feely", politically correct socialist-progressives say it does. They have a hidden agenda to follow, and the American peoples best interests isn't part of it.

Can't take anymore

BlindEye, the NRA under the leadership of the odd looking Wayne LaPierre has totally jumped the shark and gone off into wild Paranoid Delusionland. To equate the complete loss of constitutional rights with the "right" to walk around a crowded public place with a loaded assault rifle slung over your shoulder is plainly nuts. Why not just demand the right to carry flamethrowers onto schoolbuses or into churches? How dare "the government" deny you that constitutional right. You need to be properly armed to shoot it out with and defeat the police if they get in your way. It's The Way of the Patriot in NRA/Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin Land.

Steve

I hope all these people that think our govt is looking out for our best interest and would not do anything to harm the population, and that all this gun control is a good thing, have enough sense to arm themselves on the outside chance they are wrong.

Sol Zelig

Very disappointing governing by Rick scott

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