Tampa officials want to ban concealed carry permitted guns during the Republican National Convention, but a Florida law won’t let them:
So while Tampa plans to ban a wide range of weapons (clubs, switchblades, Mace) and things that could be used as weapons (chains, glass bottles, water pistols) outside the convention, it cannot prohibit guns carried with a concealed weapons permit.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn says, “The absurdity of banning squirt guns but not being able to do anything about real guns is patently obvious.”
No, Mr. Mayor. What is absurd is that you want to ban squirt guns.
It also seems that there is some Second Amendment absurdity over in Charlotte, where the Democrats are holding their convention. The city’s largest employer (and one of the nation’s largest ever recipient of federal funds), Bank of America, has decided that it doesn’t want to do business with companies that make guns.
It doesn’t seem that bright of a move for a struggling bank to end relations with a company that operates in one of the strongest industries during this economic downturn.
Prediction: BoA and Mayor Buckhorn are both going to reverse course very quickly.