Rick Scott defends post-Parkland decision to block gun sales to ‘irresponsible’ 18-year-olds
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott 3.4.19
Parents can accompany young adult children to buy firearms, however.

On the “Hugh Hewitt Show” Wednesday, Sen. Rick Scott took credit for the provision in Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act that blocked gun sales to those under the age of 21.

In the wake of the latest school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Florida’s 2018 law has been eyed as a potential model, and Scott offered the friendly Hugh Hewitt insight on how that provision got through.

“Here’s what we did. First off, I made the proposal. … I sat down with law enforcement, I sat down with everybody,” Scott said. “We’ve got some very responsible 18-year-olds and then we’ve got some irresponsible 18-year-olds.

“I said I’m not going to take away their rights to own a gun, to have a gun,” Scott added. “But you cannot buy it by yourself. You have to be with your parents. You cannot buy it until you’re 21. You can own it but you cannot buy it by yourself.”

Scott urged that any change in age requirements for guns “ought to be done at the state level because every state’s different.” He also noted that the timing of the massacre in Parkland, in February 2018, happened “at the beginning of the Legislative Session,” crediting Parkland parents for making the case for timely action.

“I put the proposal out there,” Scott continued. “And I tried to do everything I could to continue to work with, because I’ll work with anybody to make sure no one’s gun rights are taken away.”

Toward the end of the interview, Scott doubled back to affirm his belief that while gun sales to those under 21 should be banned, he has no issue with that younger cohort owning firearms.

“You can own it, so your parents can go with you and go buy it,” Scott said. “You could own it but you cannot purchase it by yourself.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ken Willey

    June 1, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Your 20y/o daughter can’t buy a shotgun for self defense because of Rick Scott and Wilton Simpson. What if she moved to a different part of the state and you can’t just pop over to give her a gun when she has a stalker? When Scott says your parents have to be there is he suggesting an illegal straw purchase?

    I wrote in None of the Above rather than vote for Scott or Nelson. I almost wish I had voted for Nelson.

    I feel the same way about Rubio vs Demings, but this time there is a Libertarian on the ballot.

  • Like a bad cold

    June 1, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    I’ll be so glad when his generation is dead and won’t have to even remember they existed.

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