During a weekend debate between Democrats running for governor, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham said she’d ban guns, if elected, using the governor’s emergency powers granted in state law.
“My commitment to you is action, not words. I have found a public safety statute, that allows the Governor, whoever she may be, to sign an executive order for public safety reasons banning the sale of military assault weapons,” Graham said.
The state law Graham quoted has been exclusively used by past governor’s during emergencies like hurricanes and wildfires. If elected, Graham’s executive order would meet serious opposition from both the Republican-led legislature and second amendment supporters, who could challenge the order in court.
Graham’s comments came at a debate held Saturday night in Largo. During the event, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine declared himself the front runner, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum promised to legalize recreational marijuana and Winter Park businessman Chris King said he’d eliminate use of the death penalty for convicted killers.