TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While testifying against a gun rights bill on Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri threatened to throw law-abiding citizens carrying a firearm “on the ground with a gun pointed at them — or worse!”
Gualtieri continued to state that if a good citizen who happened to be concealed carrying were to walk into a bank during an armed robbery, “he’s going to take one in the chest because he’s a threat.”
“It’s not good for Florida, it’s not good for the economy, it’s not good for tourism,” explained Gualtieri, as he continually referenced lawful citizens carrying a firearm for self defense.
Sheriff Gualtieri has a staunch reputation for being extremely anti-gun. According to the Gun Writer:
In May of 2013, he vowed to start enforcing a little-used county ordinance that requires background checks at local gun shows for all private sales. The county ordinance gathered dust since it was enacted in 1998. Violators faced misdemeanor charges. After garnering a few headlines, the plan fizzled. Gun shows were held without any problems. No arrests were ever made.
A year later he called the Firearms Mandatory Evacuation bill — which is now law — “crazy” and “absurd,” saying it would allow people to carry concealed firearms into a riot, rather than when they’re fleeing their homes.
Finding it very hard to believe that an elected sheriff could ever say such atrocities about law-abiding citizens, I personally contacted the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Media Relations division. Cecelia in PR told me that the sheriff was testifying against a gun rights bill in Tallahassee, and his quotes were taken “out of context.”