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Florida lawmakers try again to pass new law requiring a background check to buy bullets

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(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) — Gun reform advocates in Tallahassee are hoping the third time’s a charm to pass “Jaime’s Law” which would close the background check loophole for a bullet-only purchase. Democratic State Senator Tina Polsky of Boca Raton filed Senate Bill 146 requiring background checks on ammunition sales, even when a gun is not involved in the purchase.  She says “You can get a gun illegally and you can walk into a store and buy ammunition.  If you don’t qualify legally to purchase a gun, you should not qualify to purchase bullets.”

As it stands, anyone prohibited from buying a firearm is also prohibited from buying ammunition in Florida, but state law contains a loophole allowing vendors to sell bullets and no gun, without a background check.
“Jaime’s Law” is named in honor of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg who was gunned down at MSD High School in Parkland during a mass shooting on Valentine’s Day in 2018.