Florida politicians on 2nd Amendment

Published On: Dec 17 2012 02:43:22 PM EST
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio issued statements on the Second Amendment in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The statement from Nelson's office said: "Sen. Nelson is a hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment.  But he’s voted to ban weapons like AK-47’s because he believes they’re meant for killing, not for hunting."

The statement from Rubio's office, issued Friday, said: “In the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Sen. Rubio, like millions of Americans, is looking for public policy changes that would prevent such a horrible event from happening again. He remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to safely and responsibly bear arms. But he has also always been open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The challenge with gun laws is that by definition criminals do not follow the law. For example, Connecticut's gun laws, some of the strictest in the nation, were not able to prevent this atrocity. Nevertheless, he supports a serious and comprehensive study of our laws to find new and better ways to prevent any more mass shootings."