(UPDATE: Bob Buckhorn responds below). Writing that political conventions and the right to bear arms have coexisted in America since the "dawn of the Republic," Florida Governor Rick Scott has rejected Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's request to ban concealed weapons outside the Republican National Convention this summer.
In a letter dated May 1, the governor responded to Buckhorn's request by making it appear that the mayor is a gun-control advocate, writing, "My understanding is that the current security plan will ban firearms in the convention center itself, as well as in an immediately adjacent 'safe zone' established by the Secret Service. You are now requesting that citizens be disarmed in all of downtown Tampa, including in areas across the river, and distant, from the convention center and Secret Service Zone."
Scott said the answer could be found in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, and in Article I, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution, referencing that whole part about the right to "keep and bear arms."