Rep. Democratic Dan Daley is trying for the third consecutive session to push forward legislation requiring background checks for ammunition purchases.
The measure (HB 181) is called “Jaime’s Law”, named after Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 people killed during the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootout in Parkland. The measure would subject those who buy ammunition to the same background checks that exist for people who buy a firearm. Like the current background check law, law enforcement officers and those with concealed weapons permits would not be subject to mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases.
“As a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, nothing is more important to me than preventing another tragedy like this from happening again,” Daley said in a statement Thursday announcing that ‘he would renew the legislation.
“Twenty-five other states have already implemented some sort of background check, this bill is a step in the right direction. This is my third legislative session to introduce Jaime’s law, and it’s a shame it never saw the light of day in Tallahassee. This bill is expected to receive broad bipartisan support and pass in the first few weeks of the legislative session. “
Under the proposed legislation, ammunition could still be freely transferred to shooting ranges or hunting and fishing grounds as before, as long as “the transferor has no reason to believe that the transferee will use or have the intent to use the ammunition in a crime or that the transferee is prohibited from possessing the ammunition under federal or state law.
Daley worked with the Democratic Senator. Lauren’s Book on legislation each of the past two years. This session, he teams up with Democratic Sen. Tina Polsky on the accompanying measure (SB 334). Polsky District, Senate District 29, encompasses Parkland.
“I am very proud to sponsor Jaime’s Law as a common sense solution to our gun violence crisis,” Polsky said. “Representing the families of Parkland is an honor I take very seriously and will fight every day to change the laws that have led to countless tragedies. It’s time to put aside vested interests and partisan politics and pass legislation that will actually save lives, like Jaime’s Law.
Daley pushed the bill every Legislative session It is served since taking over the seat of House District 97 in a Special election 2019. Jaime Guttenberg’s father, Fred guttenberg, a strong advocate for stricter gun regulations, supports the bill.
“If someone is prohibited from buying a gun, it would make sense that they would also be prohibited from purchasing ammunition. We need to close this ammunition gap and this bill is a step in the right direction to do so, ”said Fred Guttenberg. “Jaime’s Law will help save lives immediately.”
But the GOP-controlled legislature opposed further regulatory measures following a bipartisan bill approved immediately after the 2018 attack. The legislation is likely to suffer the same fate in the next session. legislative 2022. None of the previous House or Senate bills emerged from a single committee.