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Lauren Book and Dan Daley seek to vet sale, transfer of ammunition

The measures are being dubbed Jamie’s Law after Jamie Guttenberg, a Parkland shooting victim.

Democratic lawmakers are putting forward a flurry of proposals to beef up gun regulation in the upcoming Legislative Session.

Now, Sen. Lauren Book and Rep. Dan Daley are looking to restrict the sale of ammunition as well.

A pair of bills from the South Florida Democrats (SB 460, HB 289) would require a background check for the purchase of ammunition from a licensed manufacturer or dealer. The measure would also block the transfer of ammunition, save for some exceptions.

The lawmakers are dubbing the measure “Jamie’s Law” after Jamie Guttenberg, who was one of the 17 people killed during the 2018 attack on Stoneman Douglas High School.

“Background check laws are one of the few gun control measures almost universally supported across both sides of the aisle,” Book said in a statement on the legislation. “Jaime’s Law is a common sense solution to ensure those who are already legally prohibited from purchasing firearms are unable to purchase ammunition to fill those firearms.”

Book is a member of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which was established to investigate the causes of the shooting and offer recommendations to further secure the state’s schools.

The measure from Book and Daley also bars ammunition from being transferred to another person, if the transferor has reason to believe the recipient would commit a crime or is already prohibited from possessing ammunition.

If those red flags are not apparent, then ammunition can still be transferred so long as the ammunition is transferred at a shooting range, or for hunting, and the original owner of the ammunition is present.

Daley served on the Coral Springs City Commission before taking over the House District 97 seat. Coral Springs neighbors Parkland and is home to several of the families affected by the 2018 shooting.

“As a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, nothing is more important to me than taking action to ensure that a tragedy like what our community experienced never happens again,” Daley said.

“Jaime’s Law is a huge step in the right direction towards ensuring that weapons and ammunition stay out of dangerous hands. It’s also common sense. If someone walks into a bar and orders a beer, a bartender is required by law to ask for their ID. Why isn’t a vendor required by law to ensure that someone seeking to purchase ammunition is legally allowed to do so?”

Democrats have advanced their calls for adding to the state’s gun control laws after a spate of shootings in Texas and Ohio this past August that left dozens dead.

Fred Guttenberg, Jamie’s father, has become an advocate for increased gun regulation after the 2018 shooting. He started the organization “Orange Ribbons for Jaime” to push for some of those reforms.

“With 300,000,000 weapons already on the streets, we must make it harder for those who intend to kill to do so,” Guttenberg added in a statement supporting the bill.

“We must close this ammunition loophole and this bill is a step in the right direction to do it. Jaime’s Law will help save lives immediately.”

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Mark Rocket

    October 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Out of about 1500 bills filed each year in the house, about 250 will pass. These stupid bills have ZERO chance of passing in Florida and are simply bumper stickers to use in the sponsor’s next campaign or to impress their liberal friends at cocktail parties. And Ryan, you are flushing a law degree down the toilet to do this? I got a feeling you don’t have any student loans to pay off. Vacation is over #getarealjob

  2. Peter

    October 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    This does not address criminals from getting their hands on weapons including knives and matches to commit crimes.

  3. martin

    October 8, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I go through my background check every time I have to renew my concealed carry permit. To require another redundant check every time a law abiding citizen wants to buy ammunition for target practice or hunting purposes is absurd.

    This bill does not have a snowballs chance.

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