A Democrat state senator in Florida is reportedly “highlighting four bills” she introduced earlier this fall in the aftermath of the tragic school shooting at Michigan’s Oxford High School, but would any of these measures have prevented what happened several states away and more than a thousand miles to the north?
According to FloridaPolitics.com, State Sen. Tina Polsky’s legislation would “tighten gun regulations in several ways, “by addressing gun construction, ammunition and gun storage, as well as adding those deemed mentally incompetent to a database that would alert law enforcement that they shouldn’t have a gun.”
Gun control proponents across the landscape are suddenly pushing legislation they may have previously introduced or plan to file in January, using the Michigan shooting to bolster their efforts.
The Unified Sportsmen of Florida, a lobbying group headed by former National Rifle Association President Marion Hammer, sent an email alert to members and supporters Thursday, with a link to the FloridaPolitics.com story. The story details Polsky’s legislative package:
— SB 334, also known as “Jaime’s Law” in memory of Jaime Guttenberg, killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
— SB 402, requiring the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide information on people who aren’t legally able to possess firearms, to the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC).
— SB 1166, designed to keep guns out of the hands of people under the age of 18.
A reality check may be in order. Accused killer Ethan Crumbley didn’t use a so-called “ghost gun,” so that bill isn’t remotely connected to the Oxford incident.
The “ammunition background check” idea appears patterned after a law in California that is being challenged in federal court. It may have prevented the Michigan suspect, who is but 15 years old, from purchasing ammunition for the gun he allegedly used, but the circumstances of that case indicate his parents bought plenty of ammunition.
Information on who may not be legally able to possess a firearm would not have derailed the Michigan attack because the alleged shooter’s father reportedly bought the pistol, and he passed a background check.
The bill to “strengthen requirements to keep guns out of the hands of those younger than 18” would not have prevented the Michigan attack because the parents allegedly left the pistol in an unlocked drawer in their bedroom, where the suspect allegedly retrieved it. Stronger storage requirements only work if someone complies. In the Michigan case, it does not appear the parents made any effort to keep the pistol away from their teenage son, so such a law might be a wash.
Another Florida lawmaker, Fort Lauderdale Democrat Sen. Gary Farmer, is resurrecting a “gun show loophole” bill (SB 204), the story noted.
But the handgun allegedly used in Michigan was not purchased at a gun show. It was bought at a retail gun store.
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