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U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

BY: - April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said in remarks […]

Biden calls on Senate to act on background checks after mass shooting in Colorado

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s remarks […]

Legislation to close the gun-show loophole will not pass this year

BY: - February 27, 2020

An effort to close a loophole in state law that allows private gun sales to take place without a background check is dead for the 2020 session, Senate President Bill Galvano said. Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who supported closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” said the measure will not be taken up on the Senate […]

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

BY: - October 25, 2019

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 […]

Broward lawmakers want to close ammunition ‘loophole’ in Florida law

BY: - October 8, 2019

Two Broward County Democratic lawmakers want to close a loophole in state law that allows anyone to purchase ammunition without undergoing a background check. Under existing law, anyone purchasing a gun from a licensed dealer must undergo a background check. The gun sale can be blocked if the background check determines the purchaser is a […]

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Republican lawmaker wants to ditch background checks for concealed-gun owners

BY: - October 2, 2019

Lake County Republican state Rep. Anthony Sabatini wants to let Floridians carry concealed guns without undergoing a background check or having any training in handling firearms. This week, Sabatini filed a bill (HB  273) that would let Floridians carry guns without applying for a concealed-weapons permit from the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. […]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz praises Walmart’s decision to reduce ammunition sales

BY: - September 4, 2019

South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is hailing Walmart’s decision to reduce ammunition sales, and says it should inspire Congress to follow up with her like-minded legislation when they return to Washington following the August summer break next week. The retail giant announced Tuesday that it will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition. […]

Florida U.S. Sen Rick Scott says he’ll “review” federal gun restriction proposals

BY: - September 3, 2019

UPDATED Demands for Congress to enact gun safety measures started again this weekend after a gunman killed seven people and wounded 25 more in a shooting rampage along a west Texas highway on Saturday, bringing the number of victims of mass killings by guns in the U.S. to 53 in August. Speaking on CNN’s State […]

In new TV ads, group urges Republican FL congressmen to support gun control legislation

BY: - August 27, 2019

A group pushing for gun control reforms is airing new TV ads calling on Florida’s two Republican U.S. Senators – Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – to support gun safety legislation when Congress returns to Washington next month. The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is airing the ads in only two local media markets […]