TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida would require background checks before weapons could be sold at gun shows and would require private gun transactions be documented under a bill unanimously approved by a Senate committee.
The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee approved the bill Monday. The legislation also would require health care professionals tell law enforcement if they believe a patient is threatening to carry out a violent act that would seriously harm or kill someone.
Senate Bill 7028 also would ban sales of weapons in public, including gun shows and flea markets, unless a criminal background check was completed.
The Republican-led committee supported the bill over the objections of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist, Marion Hammer, as reported by Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reporter Lawrence Mower.
She reportedly said, "a vote for this bill is a vote for massive gun control."
Also in the room during the committee vote were members of the gun-control group Moms Demand Action, Mower reports. They were in support of the bill but with a reservation, wanting it to require all gun sales to go through background checks.
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