If elected governor, Adam Putnam won’t commit to repealing gun control bill

Adam Putnam (3)

Adam Putnam did not support the efforts of Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran to enact the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act. The Republican gubernatorial candidate has also went on record during a TV interview he would “likely not” have signed the bill.

Yet despite taking to NRA TV this weekend to once more condemn the legislation, Putnam will not commit to working to repeal the legislation if he is elected governor.

Putnam noted that he was “very public in [his] concerns about elements of the bill [he] disagreed with.”

“Raiding the law abiding citizens trust fund, raising the age [of gun purchase] to 21, and the extended waiting period. And with the press corps’ help, everyone knows where I am,” Putnam said.

We asked if Scott should have vetoed the bill, in order to push forth a more NRA-friendly product in a Special Session.

“What I have said is I would have worked with the Legislature to include many of the things they included on mental health, securing our schools to create a safe learning environment,” Putnam said.

“I do have concerns about some provisions of it,” Putnam continued, “and had I been governor, I would have worked with the Legislature to produce a bill that I could sign.”

We asked Putnam if he would change the law were he elected governor.

He didn’t say yes.

“We’re going to enforce the law. I mean, that’s what governors do. You enforce the laws that are on the books,” Putnam said, wrapping the interview.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Sam Kicklighter

    March 22, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I won’t vote for a spineless politician who doesn’t support the 2nd amendment

  • Ann Sabatine

    March 22, 2018 at 10:03 am

    So we really don’t know what he would do! He has to be more forthcoming !

  • Sam Harmon

    March 25, 2018 at 12:55 am

    He had my vote until I read this article. Now to find a candidate that supports the Constitution for Florida governor.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

This is default text for notification bar