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Parkland parent wants ammo background checks

Posted at 9:02 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 09:02:47-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- This legislative session, we are seeing more and more parents of the Parkland school shooting victims step up to make schools safer. The latest push is for ammo background checks.

The parent behind the bill says it would close a much-needed loophole, and is something that needs to be done to ensure schools everywhere are safer, so that what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School never happens again.

The father of Jamie Guttenberg, one of the 17 killed, pushed for approval of "Jamie's Law" at the state capitol Wednesday.

He says the change would close a big loophole. Right now, Florida law already forbids those who can't have a gun from buying ammo. But it doesn't require a check to verify.

“You can be stealing your weapon in the morning and walking into your local store that afternoon to buy the bullets because nobody is going to check. You can use it that evening to commit a crime," said Fred Guttenberg.

Though the lawmakers have written in ammo check exceptions— like for those holding a concealed weapon permit— the legislation hasn't gotten traction.

No House or Senate committee has scheduled either of the bills for discussion.