AG candidate Sean Shaw says he’ll convene a gun violence prevention task force if elected

Sean Shaw

Democratic attorney general candidate Sean Shaw says he’ll create a statewide gun violence task force if he’s elected in November, aiming to reduce gun violence in Florida.

“Floridians are victims of gun-related violence at levels that are incomprehensible and unacceptable,” Shaw said at a press conference in the state Capitol on Thursday.

“I won’t stand for it, and the citizens of this great state are tired of it.”

Shaw, a state House member representing Tampa, said that on his first day as Florida’s Attorney General, he’d create a task force made up of legislators, law enforcement officials, county sheriffs, public defenders, chiefs of police, community groups and victims and gun rights advocates.

The group would examine reforms and issues ranging from the conceal-carry permit process; the sale of assault-style weapons and school shootings and the total repeal of the Stand Your Ground law. He said some issues could be handled by the legislative process or by administrative action.

Shaw said he would like to see a report completed within 60 to 90 days.

Controversy about the Stand Your Ground law resurfaced in headlines recently when 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton was killed in a handicapped parking dispute. The shooter, Michael Drejka, was not charged, because the local sheriff said Drejka’s actions were within the law.

Meanwhile, the state is considering holding a special legislative session to debate repealing the controversial law, with Florida’s Secretary of State office polling lawmakers. A final tally on scheduling a session will be announced Friday.

However, a preliminary count released by the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday shows that the session is unlikely to happen, with the majority of Republican opposing it.

Shaw is running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general against Hillsborough County attorney Ryan Torrens.

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.


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