“Adam Putnam isn’t just a self-proclaimed “proud NRA-sellout,” he’s a downright danger to Floridians and should drop out of the race for Governor and resign from his position as Commissioner of Agriculture immediately. At best, Putnam’s actions display gross negligence and incompetence: he is totally unfit for our State’s highest office. But today’s revelations go deeper than lack of oversight and have made it clear that as far as Adam Putnam is concerned, our safety can easily be bought and sold to the highest bidder – or the special interest group with the deepest pockets.
Adam Putnam has allowed those mentally or criminally unfit to carry a concealed weapon to do so freely – a horrifying fact made worse with the understanding that this year-plus lapse came during the biggest spike in permit applications in the history of our state, and the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
Floridians deserve better.
Unlike Adam Putnam, I cannot be bought and sold. I believe in gun control and commonsense gun reform laws that firmly keep our Second Amendment rights intact without compromising the safety of our citizens, by ensuring guns are kept out of the hands of those who should not have them. And I cannot be swayed by special interests. I am a self-made man committed to using my unparalleled experience to benefit Floridians of every age, race, religion and socioeconomic level – starting with the most basic task of ensuring safety for our communities. I am committed to ensuring my own three young sons, and each and every child in our great state, to grow up without fear of gun violence. We may have different ideas on exactly how to get there, but we should ALL be able to agree that keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are mentally ill is the right thing to do. It is clear that Adam Putnam’s judgement has been compromised quite literally at our expense.”