Gov. DeSantis blasts Joe Biden after closure of so-called ‘gun show loophole’
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'And what they're trying to do is really crimp the ability to exercise Second Amendment rights.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis has come out firing against President Joe Biden’s move to close the so-called “gun show loophole,” framing the executive action as a misrepresentation of the issue, an attack on Second Amendment rights to firearms, and certain to be struck down by the judiciary.

In St. Augustine, DeSantis said he expects the order to “be challenged immediately and … will end up getting nixed,” with the executive action being mere “window dressing” in lieu of legislative authorization.

“Let’s just be clear on these gun shows because you have these narratives and these talking points,” DeSantis said. “Every one of them must do a background check before they sell to you.”

The Governor said people like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “want to say if you give a rifle, like if someone gives his brother a rifle, that they have to do a background check before they could just loan that if they go hunting or something.

“And what they’re trying to do is really crimp the ability to exercise Second Amendment rights,” DeSantis added.

The President says his authority is rooted in 2022’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which “broadened the category of gun sellers required to become licensed dealers and run background checks,” per the White House, with an eye toward moving “the U.S. as close to universal background checks as possible without additional legislation by clarifying the new Act.”

Biden acknowledged that his action skirts Congress in a statement Thursday, while purporting benefits of the move.

“I’ve spent hours with families who’ve lost loved ones to gun violence. They all have the same message: ‘Do something.’ Today, my Administration is taking action to make sure fewer guns are sold without background checks,” Biden said.

“This is going to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and felons. And my Administration is going to continue to do everything we possibly can to save lives. Congress needs to finish the job and pass universal background checks legislation now.”

Per The Associated Press, the move is intended to “close a loophole that has allowed tens of thousands of guns to be sold every year by unlicensed dealers who do not perform background checks to ensure the potential buyer is not legally prohibited from having a firearm.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 12, 2024 at 11:41 am

    Rhonda Dee DeSantis is predicting this order will be overturned by the courts.

    Apparently Rhonda has confused Biden with themself.

    Rhonda’s lawmaking is what’s always getting turned over.

    LOL @ Legal Beagle Rhonda

    • Rich7553

      April 13, 2024 at 6:05 pm

      The 4th Amendment right to be secure in one’s effects protects private sales of legal possessions from government intrusion. SCOTUS will affirm this basic right.

      • rick whitaker

        April 14, 2024 at 8:13 pm

        RICH7553, things were different in the 18th century, but you want to live in the 21st century , with 18th century laws. you sound like a caveman that has lost his masculinity. people like you need to live next to people like you. please stay in florida.

  • Question and Answer

    April 12, 2024 at 11:47 am

    Question: Do you want to have places where hundreds if not thousands of firearms are for sale and felons can go buy as many as they can afford without any fear of being caught breaking the law buying gun(s) they are not legally entitled to own?

    “Yes. Yes. I do. I do. That. You know. Like, I want THAT,” answered Florida’s lost little lame duck Governor who did not resign when he was supposed to resign. Because he’s “special.”

    • Rich7553

      April 13, 2024 at 6:08 pm

      Like from where specifically? The black market? Theft? Illegal straw purchases? None of those sources woukd be affected one iota by universal background checks.

      • rick whitaker

        April 14, 2024 at 8:19 pm

        rich7553, why are you so against background checks? could it be that you are a crook, nut, or someone that couldn’t pass the check. yeah, that must be it. you are an anti gun check person, so i guess you are an anti vax, anti solar, anti etc. type guy. white christian maga cultist, right.

  • Phil Morton

    April 12, 2024 at 11:48 am

    Someone doing something about the epidemic of gun violence is a bad thing, according to DeSantis.

    • Rich7553

      April 13, 2024 at 6:09 pm

      Background checks do not hinder criminal acquisition of firearms.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 14, 2024 at 10:12 am

        You are rhetorically letting the perfect get in the way of the good. Universal background checks plus a ban on automatic weapons plus a ban on high-volume magazines + a ban on ghost guns sales and manufactures is all part of the picture. The 2A is not settled law, thanks to what’s happening today, and in the future things could and should change.

  • John L

    April 12, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    Lame duck Governor DUH Santis is the one who signed the open carry gun law in the middle of the night to hide it from the press and public because NOONE but the right wing nutjobs wanted this in Florida. Nobody is getting their guns taken away. The gunshow loophole should have been closed decades ago.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 12, 2024 at 7:06 pm

      individual gun traffickers are feeding the violence in Haiti via the port of Miami. Then, when all hell breaks loose in Haiti, Dee goes all out to make sure none of the victims can find asylum in Florida.

    • Rich7553

      April 13, 2024 at 6:10 pm

      What open carry gun law? Open carry is still illegal in FL.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 13, 2024 at 9:22 pm

        True, but admit it, that’s your dream.

  • KathrynA

    April 12, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    This is so overdue and DeSantis complains as every major news station in Florida covers 10 minutes of gun violence and deaths each and every night happening in their area. People getting them at gun shows with no background checks has been horrid. Something has to be done–it’s where you worry even going to the mall or hospital or an angry driver can be the end as everyone has a gun and seems angry and ready to use it. Other than church, we no longer go to big events or festivals.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 14, 2024 at 10:16 am

        Rome wasn’t built in a day.

        The trafficking seems to be done at ground level by small-timers who misrepresent themselves and amass numbers of firearms that enter into the stream. And, they take orders from the traffickers, say, if you want a .50 calibre, which is now much in demand in Mexico or ARs which are the choice in Haiti.

      • rick whitaker

        April 14, 2024 at 6:49 pm

        RICH7553, i read your cherry picked report. what it didn’t say was that all the guns that the cons say they got through theft, trade, or whatever, started out in the market somewhere. so if a thief steals a gun from a person that bought it at a gun show, brought it home, and then it was stolen by a con, they don’t call that gun a gun show gun. people aren’t stupid, gun shows need regulated real bad. tennessee is the top state for guns stolen out of cars, MANY of them were bought at gun shows and never counted that way on studies like the one you posted. keep your guns to yourself, and stay out of us good peoples faces. you gun lovers are so maga and childish.

  • CW

    April 12, 2024 at 2:37 pm

    I really don’t understand why a background check to purchase a firearm is problematic. I waited 3 days before I could bring home the rifle that I purchased. The only people complaining about background checks are those that can’t legally buy a gun, impatient buyers (which is a red flag), and politicians who fear the loss of financial support from the NRA for backing common sense gun laws. Arguments against such laws that claim they are an infringement on second amendment rights is manipulative and complete BS.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 12, 2024 at 4:39 pm

      Or, as the woke crowd likes to point out, one has to wait 30 days to get permission to vote versus 3 days, if you are clean, to AR up.

    • Rich7553

      April 13, 2024 at 6:12 pm

      Tell me, before the exercise of which other enumerated right is a background check required?

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 13, 2024 at 7:02 pm

        How long did it take to ensure the right of all US adults to vote? And it required a lot more than a background check.

      • rick whitaker

        April 15, 2024 at 5:37 am

        RICH7553, you seem to be eat up with the gun issue. that much hate all the time is unhealthy, even for a big bad gun man. your fear shows.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 16, 2024 at 3:47 pm

        How about travel. Just plain ole travel.

        • rick whitaker

          April 16, 2024 at 8:59 pm

          DSF, the supreme court has deemed travel to be a non-enumerating right. sorry about that. i detest that rich7553 gun freak. it was hard saying he was right about the enumerated right bullshit. i say bullshit, because with time ,laws need to be changed to fit the modern era. the gun laws are especially bad because most of it was penned before modern bullets were invented. gun freaks are my worst nightmare. guns aren’t needed in a modern society. i think rich7553 wants to go back to the wild west days. i think he never grew up and watched too many cartoons and westerns when he was a child

    • DEBRA

      April 14, 2024 at 4:51 pm

      I totally agree with CW. I also waited 3 days to pick up my gun at the “gun shop” here in Florida a few years ago. I am a si gle woman living alone. My gun is locked up and my family doesn’t know i owe a gun. A few nights ago, someone tried to break in my home, and my intruder came face to face with me and my gun. He was startled and ran. Granny had her gun, and followed the law to buy it. Desantis flies by the seat of his pants. Desantis whines about everything, and uses poor judgement in most cases. Biden has issues too, but correct on this. Sorry

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 14, 2024 at 9:00 pm

        You are a responsible gun owner and your grandkids won’t be accidentally shooting each other or committing suicide. Mandatory gun locks are a good idea. I’d even have us taxpayers subsidize them as a tax write-off or something. That’s a lot cheaper than an unecessary loss of life.

  • woken all up rite

    April 13, 2024 at 8:29 am

    Rona knows nothing about the Second Amendment but he sure likes red meat for his base. He’s a shallow blowhard who has no business being Governor of Florida. He should go back to Gitmo so he can laugh at detainees being tortured like he did before he disgraced Tallahassee. Loser. I will be proud to cancel out his vote for Tramp.

    • Rich7553

      April 13, 2024 at 6:13 pm

      Your entire spiel is laughable.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 13, 2024 at 7:05 pm

        A voter registration card is no threat compared to what the gun manufacturer’s advertise as the Man Card.

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