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New Law Restricting Sale Of Guns To Mentally Ill Takes Effect Today

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.

Thompson’s group had called on thousands of its Florida members to urge Scott to veto the measure. But, National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer says she’s glad Scott did not buy into what she calls the oppositions’ “misinformation.”

“…which is unfortunate that some groups attempt to mislead people. But, in the end, this is a bill that will keep guns away from dangerous people,” said Hammer.

A loophole in state law had allowed people who voluntarily checked into a mental health facility and were deemed a danger to society to purchase a firearm. The new law aims to close that.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.