hand_gun_2.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The National Rifle Association and United Sportsmen of Florida are asking sheriff candidates where they stand on the “stand your ground'' law, and they're seeking commitments to prohibit deputies from speaking against the groups' legislative agenda.

The organizations are sending surveys to sheriff candidates across the state on a number of issues, including whether they support banning sheriffs and deputies from appearing before lawmakers in uniform if they speak out against proposed legislation that would restrict gun rights.


The survey also asks if they would refuse to represent, or allow their deputies to represent, groups like the Florida Sheriffs Association to speak against bills the groups support.


United Sportsmen of Florida executive director Marion Hammer, who sent the surveys, didn't immediately return a call for comment.