Tampa City Council votes to ask Gov. Rick Scott to let them ban concealed weapons outside of RNC
The Tampa City Council voted Thursday to add its voice to an appeal asking Gov. Rick Scott for help clearing the way for Tampa to ban concealed weapons outside the Republican National Convention.
"We believe it is necessary and prudent to take this reasonable step to prevent a potential tragedy," Council member Lisa Montelione said in the draft of a letter that, with a little tinkering, will go to Scott.
The council's letter describes Tampa's dilemma — it can ban squirt guns outside the convention, but not real ones carried with a concealed weapons permit — as an "extraordinary circumstance." It asks Scott to consult with the Cabinet and legislative leaders on "how best to quickly address this paramount issue of public safety."
Mayor Bob Buckhorn said last week he expects to write to Scott himself about the issue.
A law passed last year by the Legislature pre-empts the ability of cities and counties to pass any laws regulating firearms or ammunition.