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State senator says he’s getting threats over gun bills, has police outside his house

"My family's safety is involved," said state Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point.
Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, says the Senate's effort on SB 1434 reflects good policy and good procedure. [The Florida Channel]
Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, says the Senate's effort on SB 1434 reflects good policy and good procedure. [The Florida Channel]
Published Feb. 28, 2018|Updated Feb. 28, 2018

State Sen. Gary Farmer said Wednesday that he's had a police car parked outside his home in Broward County for the last week after getting threats from gun supporters who don't like his ideas limiting access to guns.

"I had a marked police officer, car, at my house the past week and it's still there because of some threatening messages we received in my office," said Farmer, a Democrat who has proposed various gun restrictions, including a ban on assault rifles, since the Parkland school shooting. "I don't really want to go into details publicly, because my family's safety is involved."

Farmer said he's been getting calls and emails from gun supporters, including from the National Rifle Association.

Here's his full quote:

"Oh, we've been hearing from the NRA, absolutely. Some have been supportive of our ideas. Many watch too much of the Tucker Carlson show, and other shows like it. I joke about it so that I don't get more concerned, because I had a marked police officer, car, at my house the past week and it's still there because of some threatening messages we received in my office."

When asked for details on the threats, he said, "Threats that I'm extreme in my views on gun safety legislation. I don't really want to go into details publicly, because my family's safety is involved."

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