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PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Jeb Bush on military gun policies, Marco Rubio on Iran deal details

 
Published July 24, 2015

A day after the shooting rampage at two military sites in Chattanooga that would ultimately take the lives of four Marines and a Navy petty officer, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- a Republican presidential candidate -- pointed the finger at former President Bill Clinton's administration for a law that he said banned the carrying of guns by military recruiters.

Speaking at a Carson City, Nev., town hall on July 17, Bush said, "A law was passed, apparently in the Clinton administration, about whether, in recruiting offices … Marines or other military should be able to have guns. Apparently it is prohibited."

Bush was one of several Republican candidates to call for an end to such a gun prohibition. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, another GOP presidential candidate, also pointed blame at Clinton.

Bush's claim raised two questions for us: Are guns prohibited at recruiting offices? And if so, is that due to a law passed under President Clinton?

We rated the statement Mostly False. Read our findings here.

In a separate item, Sen. Marco Rubio said that part of the Iran deal could force the United States into the position of helping Iran defend itself against our allies, including Israel.

"At the last minute, they were able to get all sorts of outrageous concessions including the concession that I talked about earlier which now says this: Iran, we have to help Iran protect itself against sabotage," Rubio said on Fox News July 22. "If any other country tries to undermine their nuclear program, we have to help them defend themselves against Israel, Egypt, Saudis, our own allies."

As the Republican from Florida campaigns for president, he has repeatedly criticized the recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran. Was he correct that the deal would force the United States to defend Iran from Israel and Egypt and Saudia Arabia?

We rated Rubio's statement False. Read the full report here.