Is Florida trying to become California? State Rep. Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs, and state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation filed a bill that would require background checks on anyone who buys ammunition in the state of Florida. They’re saying it “closes a loophole” in Florida law.
In Florida, anyone who cannot buy or possess a firearm cannot buy ammunition. The backers of the ammo bill say that requiring a background check on anyone who buys ammunition closes a “loophole.” There is no loophole, but they’ll tell you there is one just to make sure they get their way. If you can’t buy or possess a firearm, you can’t buy ammunition. Their bill is an entirely extraneous, unnecessary waste of legislative time and energy.
The bill is called “Jaime’s Law” and stems from the death of Jaime Guttenberg in the Parkland shooting. This background check bill would not have done anything to stop the Parkland shooting. The only thing that would have stopped it would have been action on the part of the law enforcement and school officials who knew that Nikolas Cruz was a problem and did nothing that even bordered on “common sense.”
The Sun-Sentinel reported,
Florida law prohibits someone from owning or possessing a firearm if the person has been convicted of a felony, is under a domestic violence restraining order, is deemed a “violent career criminal,” or is the subject of an order under the state’s red flag law, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Under the state red-flag law, a judge can issue an extreme risk protection order seizing firearms from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
But Nikolas Cruz had not been adjudicated as a danger. He would still have escaped scrutiny. If the school and law enforcement had acted, 17 people would not be dead.
The anti-gunners’ answer to everything is more laws, and make sure they’re as restrictive as possible. But restrictive laws only restrict law abiding citizens. They do absolutely nothing to stop people who have intent to do harm, or the criminals among us.
Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, a Republican, plans to take up gun legislation and gun violence next year. If you live in Florida, fight for your 2nd amendment rights and start calling your Reps and Senators now.