Answering questions today, Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn't get into specifics about President Barack Obama's proposal for a federal ban for military-style assault weapons, but he did say lawmakers in Tallahassee should review school safety.
"We have a legislative session starting the first part of March," Scott said. "I think it's incumbent upon all of us to review our laws in our state to make sure we keep our students – everyone involved in our schools – safe."
The governor, who was touring the Honeywell plant in Pinellas County, went on to point out Florida is at a 41-year-low in crime rates.
"We've done the right things … our police chiefs, our sheriffs are doing the right things," Scott said. "But I want our schools to review their safety precaution. I think the right thing to do is to go back and look – at this session – let's go back and look at all the things we can do to make sure to make sure to continue the progress we've made."
The governor's press secretary later clarified his comments:
"Governor Scott supports the Second Amendment," Jackie Schutz wrote. "He will listen to ideas about improving school safety during the legislative session, but he continues to support the Second Amendment and is not proposing any gun law changes."
Among other things, the president's plan would ban military-style assault rifles and limit ammo magazines to 10 rounds.
Local agencies around the Tampa Bay area are currently reviewing their school safety procedures. On Tuesday, the Hillsborough County School Board, for instance, approved $8,500 in funding for a security consultant to review the district's protocols and facilities.