As of March 5, the start of the Florida legislative session, nearly 50 firearm-related bills have been introduced. Legislation to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines (SB466, SB500 and HB455), strengthen background checks (SB654 & HB135) and tighten licensing requirements (SB1122 and HB753) have been introduced in both houses.
LWVFL is most concerned about SB7030, which proposes arming of teachers. Though a companion bill hasn’t yet been introduced in the House, the legislation is moving alarmingly fast in the Senate; a floor fight is expected.
The team has had productive meetings with Rep. Ben Diamond, Rep. Jennifer Webb, Sen. Jeff Brandes & Sen. Darryl Rouson to advocate for LWV-FL’s five gun safety legislative priorities. Diamond and Rouson recently introduced companion bills, HB6061 and SB1532, to repeal the state pre-emption (ban) on local regulation of firearms. Passage would be a huge step in acknowledging the diverse interests of our state and allow localities to decide.
The team is also co-sponsoring a free screening of “Armor of Light” with Moms Demand Action at 6:30 p.m. on March 27 at SPC – Midtown, located at 1300 22nd St S, St. Petersburg.