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Florida Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to extend a federal ban on undetectable firearms that’s expected to expire in a few weeks. His aim is to help federal officials get tough on new type of gun they see as a growing problem in the U.S.

Florida Channel

A bill aiming to repeal Stand Your Ground was rejected during an almost five-hour hearing Thursday.

Many spoke in favor and against repealing the law. Among those who testified during the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting included the Dream Defenders and the National Rifle Association.

Florida Lobby

Several Florida agencies recently gave Florida lawmakers an update on the rollout of a new law curbing the sale of guns to certain people with mental illnesses. The NRA-backed law went into effect months ago, and state officials are still looking into how to enforce it.

A new Florida law blocking certain mentally ill individuals from buying a gun is pitting gun rights groups against each other.  While some say the legislation (HB 1355) makes Florida streets safer, others say it violates the Second Amendment.

A new law banning some people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns went into effect Monday. While some say the new law is necessary to protect Floridians, others say it strips gun owners of their rights.

Danielle Thompson with the National Association for Gun Rights says her group is disappointed with Governor Rick Scott for approving the new gun law.

“We believe that Governor Rick Scott has shown some disregard for law abiding gun owners and their second amendment rights by signing this bill,” said Thompson.

The National Rifle Association is pushing back against thousands of e-mails sent to the Governor Rick Scott’s office in recent weeks asking him to veto the only gun bill that passed this Legislative Session.  The bill’s aim is to close a loophole in current Florida law that essentially allows those who voluntarily check into a mental health facility to purchase a firearm.

The Senate Rules Committee  is the last committee for a number of bills before they get heard on the Senate floor. And because of that, it’s a place where sometimes changes are slipped in and a bill lawmakers heard in an earlier committee can be significantly different by the time it’s heard by the full chamber. That’s something Senate leaders say they hope to discourage. And something Senator Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) raised concerns about during Monday’s committee meeting.

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