Gun control effort may miss mark in Florida legislature

Gun control effort may miss mark in Florida legislature

Gun Rights

Lawmakers convene as DeSantis’ delivers State of the State speech to kic… As committees begin to wrap up their efforts just past the midway point in the legislative session, Sen. Tom Lee conceded the Senate’s effort to impose stricter gun regulations has stalled. Senate President Bill Galvano earlier in the session called the gun legislation one of his chamber’s priorities. But with House Speaker José Oliva — and Gov. Ron DeSantis —balking at any perceived slights to the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment, the proposal appears doomed. The measure (SB 7028), sponsored by Lee, would close the gun-show “loophole,” create a record-keeping system for private gun sales and set aside $5 million to establish a “statewide strategy for violence prevention,” among other things. The measure would also expand the state’s “red-flag law,” which was included in a wide-ranging package passed shortly after the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Criticizing the Senate plan last month as unnecessary, Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, warned “we have to be very careful when we once again look to trample on people’s constitutional rights.” With the bill facing a vetting by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has a final meeting scheduled next week, “all of the common-sense gun legislation is going to be very difficult to pass procedurally,” Lee said Wednesday. “There’s just not a lot of bills floating around that are germane to that subject area that you could amend by committees, by design,” the […]

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