Skip to comments.Bill introduced in Tallahassee targets gun sales and personal sales
Posted on 03/06/2013 7:56:40 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
TALLAHASSEE -- A bill targeting gun shows and personal sales has been filed in Florida. State democrats unveiled the legislation today which would require background checks on *all gun sales.
But the bill is coming under fire. There's a showdown forming at the state capitol.
Today at high noon Florida democrats took the first shot. A bill requiring background checks before all gun sales. The NRA says the real intention behind universal background checks is to eliminate the 2nd Amendment.
Rep. Lori Berman / D- "If you want to obtain a gun in Florida you need to undergo a background check."
Sponsors of the bill say 40 % of guns sold in the US are sold without a criminal history or mental health check. Many of the sales take place online or at gun shows.
Sen. Maria Sachs / D-Palm Beach County, FL "We need to begin this discussion and this discussion must begin today." But the legislation will be a tough sell here at the state capitol where the house, senate and governor's office are controlled by republicans and the NRA is king.
Defending the 2nd Amendment is former NRA president and Tallahassee insider Marion Hammer.
Marion Hammer / NRA Lobbyist "I think it's just more of government intrusion into our private lives. Traditionally people have been able to sell give and lend firearms to friends and relatives."
Supporters of universal background checks say the bill is a step in the right direction. Shelly Vanna / "So this is one small step. It's a responsible step. It is a very common sense step."
Marion Hammer / NRA Lobbyist "This is not a first step, this is a second or third step to the ultimate goal of banning guns."
The bill's sponsors admit it's a tough sell, but say they've got to do something to try to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, people with mental heath problems and veterans who've been dishonorably discharged.
Opponents of the bill say if a criminal wants a gun they won't go through legal channels. They'll just buy one on the black market. Tonight our community is getting ready to weigh in on gun control and mental health.
Legislators call for all gun purchases to require a background check - March, 6 2013 - Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, said HB 1343 is not an attempt to eliminate guns, but to make sure they do not end up in the hands of individuals convicted of a crime, fugitives from justice, individuals addicted to controlled substances, veterans with dishonorable discharges and individuals committed to mental institutions.
Under the bill, any buyer or seller that does not process a gun purchase through a licensed dealer would face a third-degree felony with a maximum of five years in prison and $5,000 fine.
Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, filed an identical measure, SB 1640, and said states such as California, New York and Illinois already have this type of regulation and that Florida cannot move forward without a change in gun law.
We the people in Palm Beach County have urban areas that really cannot survive with the type of gun regulation that we have in the state of Florida, Sachs said. We talk about economic incentives and moving our state forward as a global entity, but we cannot with types of gun regulation that go back to the 1800s.
Glad to see these silly degenerate demented marxists have nothing better to do than introduce retarded unconstitutional legislation that doesn't have a ghost of a chance of passing.
God forbid they could actually do something useful in exchange for their bloated salaries, like build a scaffold and hang themselves.
Yeah, now there's three states I'd like to emulate.
a bill needs to be introduced to define exactly what “shall not be infringed” means
because they’re constantly infringing and no one seems to care
Okay, here's three discussion points: 1) you commie south Floridians pushing this totalitarian gun-grabbing crap are a bunch of hysterical bed-wetters, 2) if you like NY, CA, and IL move back there already, and 3) if y'all keep this up I propose we saw the state in half at Orlando and kick the newly-formed Isle of 'holes to Cuba where you belong. Leave. It. Alone.