Democratic lawmakers pitch background checks for ammo purchases

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Agriculture Nikki Fried and the father of a Parkland victim are calling on lawmakers to take action.

Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require a background check with the purchase or transfer of ammunition.

The proposal (SB 334 & HB 181) aims to close a “loophole” within state law that requires a background check only before the purchase of a gun. Sen. Tina Polsky and Rep. Dan Daley are the bill sponsors.

“If you shouldn’t get a gun, you shouldn’t get ammunition,” Polsky said.

Democratic leaders including Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried— a gubernatorial contender — rallied around the legislation Tuesday at a press event.

The bill, she suggested, may prevent gun violence.

The time to act, she added, is now.

“We need change here in the state of Florida,” Fried said. “We are not asking for the world. We’re just asking for common-sense changes that are going to prevent future tragedies.”

The proposal — otherwise known as Jamie’s Law — is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a 14-year-old who died in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people were killed in the incident.

“No parent should have to go through life visiting their child in a cemetery,” said Jamie’s father, Fred Guttenberg, who now serves as a gun reform advocate.

“Since that day, I’ve spent my life trying to do something to make sure parents don’t have to feel the way I do,” he added.

Special considerations for outdoorsmen and marksmen are included in the bill. Hunters, fisherman and shooting ranges, Polsky said, may still share ammunition.

“It does not stop that kind of action,” she emphasized. “It stops people from purchasing ammunition without a proper background check.”

The proposal marks the latest Democratic effort to curb gun violence.

In 2018, then-Gov. Rick Scott and a Republican-controlled Legislature passed a gun-control measure in wake of the Parkland school massacre. The bill — known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act — ushered in a variety of rules.

One provision raised the minimum age to purchase a fireman from 18 to 21.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


10 comments

  • Big joe

    November 16, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    I thought identification cards were racist. I need an ID card to buy ammo but not vote.

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  • Impeach Biden

    November 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Give it up Nikki. Your days are coming to an end and I am looking forward to you vanishing.

  • marcus

    November 16, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    How about all politicians need to take an IQ test in order to run for public office. In addition should be subject a through background investigation.

    It is this type of knee jerk dem action that will keep Florida a red state for years to come.

  • zhombre

    November 17, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Another impediment which Democrat would burden law-abiding gun owners with while having zero effect on criminals.

    • I'llgiveyoumygun whenyoupryitfrom mycolddeadhands

      November 17, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Democrats just don’t get it; criminals don’t follow the rules or abide by the law. Then again, I guess that’s the goal. They don’t want law-abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves from criminals, or the government.

  • Tom P.

    November 17, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Sure, just be sure to include printing ink in the background legislation.

    If you’re going to require background checks for 2nd Amendment purchases, it should be required for 1st Amendment purchases as well!

  • It's Complicated

    November 17, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Kabuki theater. Some in blue face, some in red face.

  • Daniel N

    November 18, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    No. The answer is no. No gun control. No ammo control. No.

  • Jack

    November 20, 2021 at 12:08 am

    The only “loophole” that needs closing here is allowing stupid democratic politicians who support Burning, Looting and Murdering to make stupid laws for the rest of us.

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