02/20/2016 – By Miami Herald Editorial Staff
First, applaud Florida Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, long and loud. His refusal to place needless and dangerous gun legislation before the Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, saved lawmakers a lot of time and, likely saved many Floridians, prospectively, their lives.
Open-carry? Not happening. Guns on campus? Nope. Guns in airport terminals, for goodness sake? Gone. While the Florida House was gung-ho for these bills, Sen. Diaz de la Portilla was right to assume that nothing good could come from them. And he’s a gun owner. More important, he is a responsible lawmaker who exercised common sense — and likely let some nervous colleagues, cowed by the NRA, off the hook.