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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Several states are considering new taxes on guns or ammunition. Last week, Cook County, Illinois started a $25 gun tax that would help pay for the medical care of gunshot victims in need.

During Governor Rick Scott's time in St. Petersburg today, he responded to the notion of Florida adopting such a tax. 

"I'm never surprised when another state raises its taxes," he told reporters. "That's why people are moving here."

This week, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to start voting on gun control measures. At the state level, Governor Scott talked about the state's record low crime rates.

"As you know, I support the Second Amendment, but I want to make sure that our sheriffs, our police chiefs, Florida Department of Law Enforcement have what they need to keep our crime rate [low]. Hopefully, next year we'll be at a 42-year low," he said.

Advocacy groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America say they also want to preserve the Second Amendment. However, they want their voices to be heard by politicians as they fight for things like universal background checks.

"Until our voice gets loud enough and the public continues to speak out, I'm afraid to say -- and it's a shame and a disgrace -- that politics are getting in the way," said Maggie Larguier, who represents the Florida West and East Central chapters of the group. "We had Aurora before Newtown. We've had Tucson, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and I could go on and on and on. When is it enough?"

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