Florida Lawmaker Seeks Background Checks for Ammo Purchases

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Florida State Rep. Dan Daley (D-Coral Springs) is pushing legislation that would require a background check for all ammunition purchases in the state.

The Florida Daily reports Daley’s legislation is called “Jaime’s Law,” so named after Jaime Guttenberg, who was shot and killed during the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting.

It is designed to require a background check for all ammunition sales across the state of Florida. Daley said:

With approximately 400,000,000 weapons already on the streets, we must make it harder for those who intend to kill to do so. Prohibited purchasers of weapons are also prohibited from buying ammunition, but there is no mechanism in place to keep that ammunition out of their hands. We must close this ammunition loophole and this bill is a step in the right direction to do it. Jaime’s Law will help save lives immediately.

He did not mention his law may not have prevented the Parkland high school shooting, as the attacker who carried out that heinous crime passed a background check to acquire his gun.

There is no reason to believe he could not have passed a background check for ammunition.

The Sun-Sentinel reported the Parkland attacker passed a background check for his rifle, “including mental health question.”

The Florida Daily indicated that Daley believes “more than 60 percent of Floridians favor tightening the rules for gun control.”