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Democratic lawmakers want to require background checks for all gun sales in Florida

By: - October 25, 2019 9:57 am
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For the third time, state Rep. Margaret Good is trying to close the gun-sale loophole that allows firearms to be purchased privately without any background checks.

The Sarasota Democrat has filed House Bill 451 for the 2020 Legislature, which starts in January. Her bill would require all Florida firearms purchases to go through a background check. Currently, only guns sold by a licensed firearms dealer require background checks.

Good filed similar measures in the 2018 and 2019 sessions, but they did not advance.

“Requiring background checks for firearm purchases is gun safety policy that Floridians overwhelmingly support that has been proven effective to reduce gun violence. This legislation will make Florida safer by helping to prevent firearms getting into the wrong hands,” Good said in a written statement.

​“Bottom line: Passing this legislation will reduce gun violence in Florida and will make our communities safer. I urge my colleagues to join me in prioritizing this bill,” she said.

State Sen. Lauren Book, a Broward County Democrat, has filed a similar measure (SB 94) in the Florida Senate.

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Lloyd Dunkelberger
Lloyd Dunkelberger

Lloyd Dunkelberger has been covering Florida government for over three decades. He’s reported and edited in Tallahassee for the New York Times Regional Newspapers group, Florida Politics, and the News Service of Florida. He grew up in Jacksonville and Palm Beach County and got his journalism degree at the University of Florida.