Report: DeSantis plans to veto funding for Tampa Bay Rays facility over gun control push

The Tampa Bay Rays baseball team announced this week that it will be partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety, an anti-gun organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

However, that move seems to have not gone over well with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. According to Fox News, he’s ready to strike back. 

Tampa Bay Rays: “We all deserve to be safe”

On Thursday, Fox News cited a report from the website OutKick which stated that DeSantis is planning to veto a bill awarding $35 million to a training facility that the team uses.

The decision is apparently in response to an announcement the team made late last month following mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.

“We all deserve to be safe–in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, our neighborhoods, houses, and America. The most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken up to the core,” the team tweeted on May 26.

“The Tampa Bay Rays are mourning these heartbreaking tragedies that took the lives of innocent children and adults,” it continued.

“This cannot become normal. We cannot become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know if nothing changes, nothing changes,” the statement stressed.

“The Rays organization stands committed to actionable change and has made a $50,000 commitment to Everytown for Gun Safety’s Support Fund,” it declared, adding, “Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America.”

Everytown is opposed to arming teachers

“Rather than our usual game coverage on social media tonight, we’ve partnered with Everytown to amplify facts about gun violence in America,” the statement explained.

“We understand that no single organization can solve this crisis alone, but working together, we can make an impact. We invite you to join us and do what you can, when you can, where you can–because our lives depend on it.”

Everytown’s website says it is opposed to arming teachers and also advocates that gun owners be required to keep all weapons locked up and separate from ammunition.

If DeSantis does veto the funding bill, then it will not be the first time he has taken action in response to political activity by a corporation. In April, DeSantis signed legislation stripping Disney of its preferential tax treatment after it campaigned against the “Parental Rights in Education Act.”

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