A Florida Senate committee has defied the National Rifle Association (NRA) to pass a bill narrowing the so-called “gun show loophole,” reports the Miami Herald.
While few expect the bill will become law, its approval by the Republican-led committee Monday may be another sign of the state’s shifting attitudes towards gun regulation in the two years since a troubled teenager fatally shot 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl.
Senate Bill 7028 would require private-party sales at “public places,” such as gun shows, to go through a background check that could be obtained through one of the licensed gun dealers at the show for a fee.
For other types of private transactions, a gun seller would be required to check the buyers’ ID to make sure they’re legally allowed to own the weapon.
While the bill falls short of more stringent requirements advocated by gun control advocates for private sales of firearms, it drew fire from the NRA’s top lobbyist in Florida, who called it “nothing less than gun control on steroids.”
I think this will not become law as both sides don’t like it!