A controversial gun measure proposed in the wake of the Parkland shooting is raising the age allowed to purchase a firearm to 21. Adam Putnam, current Agricultural Commissioner and Florida Governor hopeful, commented on the controversial gun measure, and he made it known that he disagrees with the proposal.
In a statement, Putnam explains that he “As someone who grew up in possession of firearms, learning a respect for firearms and practicing the safe use of firearms as part of my heritage, I can’t support any policy or any law that destroys the family tradition of possessing and practicing safe use of firearms. I can’t imagine that a state that has done so much to encourage youth hunter safety would outlaw the purchase of any and all firearms by someone under 21.”
He goes on to mention that he supports “Governor Scott’s efforts to make our students and teachers safe at school. Hardening our schools, training personnel to respond to active shooters and breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of communications between law enforcement, school officials and mental health personnel will make a difference. I also fully support a swift and thorough investigation into the Broward Sheriff’s response to the Parkland shooting.”
The NRA praised Putnam’s response:
Thank you, @adamputnam for opposing this age restriction. Raising the age to purchase a rifle or shotgun would deny law-abiding 18-20-year-olds of their fundamental, constitutional right to acquire a firearm for self-defense. #DefendtheSecond #2A #NRA https://t.co/wuAJvp3rV1
— NRA (@NRA) February 28, 2018