Lawmaker Pushes For Background Checks For Ammo Purchases

( Gun owners and enthusiasts in Florida could soon find it more difficult to purchase ammo if a bill passes through the state legislature.

Democratic state Representative Dan Daley has proposed “Jaime’s Law,” which would require people to go through a background check to purchase any ammunition within Florida. The law is named after Jaime Guttenberg, one of the victims of the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.

Daley explained the bill by saying:

“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.”

While no one would argue that mass school shootings like the one at Parkland was heinous and needs to be prevented, Daley is a little off base with the connection here.

In fact, some might see it as even despicable that Daley would use the tragedy as a way to add limits on ammunition. After all, the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland passed a background check to get the gun. “Jaime’s Law,” then, wouldn’t have prevented the shooting at all, since it’s likely the shooter would have passed the same background check for the ammunition.

People in Florida should be outraged that Daley would use the Parkland tragedy almost like a ploy to pass his liberal agenda. Naming the bill after one of the victims of the tragedy is, again, disgusting since the bill would have done nothing at all to prevent the shooting.

It’s a sick sales pitch Daley is trying to make to tug at the heartstrings of the people in Florida, who have suffered immensely because of the tragedy.

The shooter in that case, Nikolas Cruz, passed the full background check, which included the mental health question, to obtain the AR-15 rifle he used to kill 17 people at the high school, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report from 2018.

Daley tried to push his agenda more, when he told the Florida Daily:

“If one life was saved by this measure, it would be worth it. We check people’s IDs when they walk into a store to purchase a beer. Why shouldn’t we be checking to make sure the person who is walking in to buy ammunition is legally permitted to do so?”

Even Daley admitted, though, that he may face a lot of backlash from Republicans, who dominate the State House in Florida. While he somehow insisted that more than 60% of the people in Florida were in favor of instituting more gun control, he said:

“Is it an uphill battle? Absolutely, but I think this is not an overreach. I am trying to be as reasonable as possible.”