Prior to the new law, it was illegal in Florida for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun. Following the passage of the law, it became illegal for an individual in Florida to purchase a firearm – including long guns like the AR-15 – if they were under 21.
Raju: What about raising the age at the federal level? I mean, until 21.
Scott: I think all this should be done at the state level.
Raju: What’s wrong with doing that at the federal level?
Scott: Because you can change laws more easily at the state level.
What is, well, interesting? Because in 2018, Scott lambasted the feds for its inaction on guns. And now he says he opposes raising the minimum age to buy long guns to 21 because that stuff is best left at the state level because “you can change laws more easily at the state level”.
Well, Scott’s political situation.
In March 2018, Scott was facing two realities:
1) As governor, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in his state.
These twin facts meant that a) Scott had to act on the guns and b) he had to use the issue as part of the larger argument he was going to make that people like Nelson were part of a culture of Washington who simply did not understand. things done for the people they were meant to represent. Inherent in that argument was that Scott, as a two-term governor, got things done.
Fast forward to today. Scott’s situation has changed considerably. He is now a senator. And not just the one who leads the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, but also the one who is very clearly interested in running for president as early as 2024.
Getting things done in Washington — especially on an issue like gun control — is no longer such a high priority for Scott. Instead, he wants to do what he can to game the Republican base nationwide, which remains skeptical about the need for further restrictions on gun rights.
Need more proof of Scott’s change of heart? “I’ll listen, but I’m not taking guns away from law-abiding Americans,” Scott said Monday, when asked about the possibility of backing a bipartisan Senate compromise on guns.