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Putnam breaks silence on gun bill: Opposes using weapons fees for trauma victims

Adam Putnam APFlorida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam broke his silence Wednesday on the proposed school safety legislation moving through the Florida House and Senate.

In a statement, he opposed the Senate plan, SB 7026, to direct $10 million collected from concealed weapons license fees to reimburse designated trauma centers for treatment of mass shooting victims.

“I oppose taxing law-abiding concealed weapon licenses for atrocities carried out by criminals'' he said in the statement. "If anyone should be taxed for those heinous acts, it should be criminals. The monster who murdered 17 people in Parkland wasn’t even eligible to have a concealed weapon license.”