Analysis: Rick Scott signed a law raising the age to buy a gun in Florida. Now he opposes doing that at the federal level
Prior to the new law, it was illegal in Florida for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun. Following the law’s passage, it became illegal for an individual in Florida to buy any firearm — including long guns like the AR-15 — if they were younger than 21.
Raju: What about raising the age at the federal level? I mean, to 21.
Scott: I think that all this stuff ought to be done at the state level.
Raju: What’s wrong with doing it federally?
Scott: Because you can change the laws easier at the state level.
Which is, well, interesting? Because back in 2018, Scott lambasted the federal government for its inaction on guns. And now he is saying that he opposes raising the minimum age to buy long guns to 21 because that sort of stuff is better left at the state level because “you can change the laws easier at the state level.”
Well, Scott’s political circumstances.
Back in March 2018, Scott was dealing with two realities:
1) As governor, 17 people had been killed in a mass shooting at a high school in his state.
Those twin facts meant that a) Scott needed to act on guns and b) he needed to use the issue as part of the broader argument that he was going to make that people like Nelson were part of a Washington culture that simply didn’t get things done for the people they were supposed to represent. Inherent in that argument was that Scott, as a two-term governor, got stuff done.
Fast forward to today. Scott’s situation has changed considerably. He is now a senator. And not just one who runs the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm but also one who is quite clearly interested in running for president as soon as 2024.
Getting things done in Washington — particularly on an issue like gun control — is no longer such a big priority for Scott. Instead, he wants to do what he can to play to the Republican base nationally, which remains skeptical of the necessity for further restrictions on gun rights.
Need more proof of Scott’s change of heart? “I’ll listen, but I’m not taking away guns from law-abiding Americans,” Scott said Monday when asked about the possibility of supporting a bipartisan Senate compromise on guns.
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