Adam Putnam’s new public safety plan vows tough sentencing laws, avoids gun issue

Adam Putnam's new public safety plan vows tough sentencing laws, avoids gun issue

Adam Putnam has released a plan outlining how he would keep Floridians safe if he’s elected governor. (File photo/ Associated Press) Adam Putnam has a long list of how he would keep Floridians safe if he’s elected governor. His plan details policies that span from hiring a drug czar to combat the opioid crisis to strengthening the state’s role in enforcing federal immigration laws. One item that is absent from his agenda unveiled Thursday in Tampa — guns. Putnam steered clear of the issue, choosing to instead highlight how he would take a tough approach to crime, increase monitoring of social media for school-violence threats and work to deport immigrants living here illegally. “There are liberals who are looking to water down many of the strong sentencing guidelines that have made this 47-year low in our crime rate even possible,” he said at an event in Tampa. “There are those who refuse to pursue the death penalty against cop killers. That won’t happen in a Putnam administration.” Putnam says he will veto any attempt to loosen penalties on “major drug traffickers and violent felons.” Mandatory sentencing laws have been blamed for making the United States the world’s incarceration leader and keeping nonviolent drug offenders behind bars for too long. Putnam’s plan doesn’t propose any new regulations on guns, but it also doesn’t call for repealing a new state law raising the age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21. His plan also doesn’t call for expanding where guns […]

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