Sen. José Javier Rodríguez is joining his fellow Democrats’ push to reform Florida’s gun laws by introducing a pair of bills of his own.
Both bills from Rodríguez aim to help ensure that those who purchase a gun go through a background check. Those checks are required when a gun is bought from a federally licensed dealer. But many private sales are not subject to background checks.
One measure from Rodríguez (SB 548) would force private gun sales to go through those dealers, ensuring a background check is conducted.
“If neither party to a prospective firearms sale, lease, or transfer is a licensed dealer, the parties to the transaction must complete the sale, lease, or transfer through a licensed dealer,” the bill reads.
The seller of the weapon would have to deliver it to a licensed dealer, which would then process the sale as usual. That process would include a background check.
The second bill being backed by Rodríguez (SB 586) would limit private sales to concealed carry permit holders. Those permit holders are required to undergo a federal background check also part of the application process.
“We need universal background checks on the sale of firearms,” Rodríguez. said in a statement on the measures.
“In addition to cosponsoring gun safety reforms proposed by my colleagues, two commonsense bills I have filed would close loopholes in our background checks system and give law enforcement the tools they need to identify someone who fails a background check.”
In addition to putting forward his own legislation, Rodríguez is co-sponsoring several other bills introduced by Democrats ahead of the 2020 Session.
Those include a measure by Sen. Gary Farmer that would strengthen the state’s safe storage laws (SB 266) and a bill from Sen. Lori Berman that would bar the carrying of a gun inside a child care facility (SB 398).