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For Immediate Release

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Annette Spina, Public Affairs Officer
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Buckhorn Statement in Response to Governor Scott's Letter Today
Tampa, FL May 2, 2012 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued the statement below following the receipt of Governor Scott’s letter concerning concealed weapons in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention:

"My job as mayor first and foremost is to protect the people of my city, and the law enforcement who serve on the front lines.

"I believe that there is no reason to have a concealed firearm in downtown Tampa that week. And, to be clear, I am far less concerned with those who have concealed weapons permits than the ones who may somehow acquire a weapon and use it to create mayhem.

"The Republican National Convention has been designated as a National Special Security Event by the Department of Homeland Security. It is an extraordinary event. These are extenuating circumstances and should be treated as such.

"While I proudly support the Second Amendment and have held a concealed weapon permit myself, I believe this was a workable, temporary solution. Governor Scott made his position clear. I am disappointed, but we will plan and train accordingly."

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