Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a candidate for governor next year, advocated Tuesday to allow “law abiding gun owners” to openly carry guns in public places, including college campuses, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.
Putnam made the announcement during a press conference at the National Guard Armory in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
“There is absolutely a pathway for Florida to get to a form of open carry,” Putnam said.
“We have a track record in Florida of law-abiding citizens who submit their fingerprints, undergo a background check and lawfully exercise their 2nd Amendment rights,” Putnam said in reference to Florida’s process of obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.
“Continuing to expand their opportunities to exercise those 2nd Amendment rights is something I support.”
Similar bills died in the Florida Senate the past two years, according to the Times.