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Florida governor rejects gun control near GOP convention in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from the Tampa mayor to prohibit the carrying of guns downtown during the Republican National Convention this summer because it would infringe upon "sacred constitutional traditions," according to a letter released Wednesday.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn wrote to Scott on Tuesday asking for an executive order that would temporarily override state laws allowing people with concealed-weapons permits to transport firearms downtown.

The Republican governor fired off a letter to Buckhorn later Tuesday, denying the request in no uncertain terms.

Scott, who was elected with Tea Party support and endorsed by the National Rifle Association, has been clear about his stand against any gun-control efforts.