DeSantis wanted to ban guns at event, but not to be blamed, emails show

February 11, 2023

DeSantis's campaign wanted to ban guns at the event, according to a city official in emails reviewed by The Washington Post. State law allows concealed firearms to be brought inside the public facility unless the renter insists on a gun-free event. A gun rights protester was arrested outside the event. Valdes had attended a DeSantis campaign event one month earlier, in September, where guns also were prohibited. “What you don’t want is to have a government bureaucrat stymie your ability to exercise your constitutional rights,” DeSantis said.