Last week’s school gunshot massacre in the suburbs of Detroit asked the senator. Tina polsky this week to highlight four bills she has already introduced to prevent such tragedies from happening in Florida – again.
Polsky introduced four bills in October and November that would tighten gun regulations in several ways, addressing gun construction, ammunition, and gun storage, as well as adding those found to be mentally incapable of a database that would alert law enforcement that they shouldn’t have a gun.
The Democrat of Boca Raton called the bills common sense to keep people safe without violating gun rights.
“It shouldn’t take another mass high school shooting to deal with gun violence brought on by irresponsible and reckless gun owners,” Polsky said in a statement. âThese bills that I am tabling are an important set of common sense springboards designed to make our state more secure. “
The invoices include:
– SB 872, the “ghost gun billÂ», Prohibits the possession of frames or unfinished receivers which do not have a serial number, making the weapon untraceable. These unfinished frames can become fully functioning firearms with the help of parts and kits that can be purchased online. A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed by her brother this week with a phantom weapon, according to the media.
– SB 334, filed on October 1, is known as Jaime’s Law, named after I like Guttenberg, victim of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. He would close the ammunition loophole by requiring background checks on ammunition purchases.
– SB 402, filed Oct. 2, would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to submit information about people not legally authorized to own firearms to the Florida Crime Information Center.
–SB 1166, tabled on October 1, would strengthen requirements to keep firearms out of the reach of those under the age of 18 and add penalties for any minor who leaves a firearm with another minor, who then causes injury or death.
Polsky said responsible gun owners should be able to support the legislation.
The bills, she said, “will only continue to reinforce the focus on gun safety that we all, as a community, desperately need.”
A 2018 Monmouth University survey supports it. He found that 83% of Americans support the requirement for a full background check of all gun buyers, including private sales between two people. Among the members of the National Rifle Association, 69% agree.
The 2018 Parkland school shooting left 17 people dead and prompted the the first major state gun control legislation in 20 years. He raised the minimum age for buying a gun to 21 and added a “red flag law” which allows the police remove the firearms those who make threats or have severe mental breakdowns.
Senator Gary Farmer, a Democrat from Fort Lauderdale, however, does not see public support for gun control policy influencing the Florida legislature.
Farmer said he had proposed three or four bills each year for the past four years that would change gun laws, including one that proposed closing the so-called “gun loophole.” which he is proposing again this year (SB 204). None of his bills have been heard.
Current laws do not require the seller to perform a buyer’s background check during a private sale.
âEven after the shock and horror of Parkland, we couldn’t get this,â Farmer said. âThis is one of the most egregious examples of scrutiny by special interest. “
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