Rubio Pushes For Florida Style Gun Control

Here's a quick expert from the Sun Sentinel and my take on it. Rubio pushes federal red-flag bill on firearms.

Excerpt: Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is reintroducing a bill that seeks to encourage states to pass red-flag laws that would make it easier for courts to disarm dangerous people. The measure has garnered bipartisan support in the wake of the Feb. 14 Parkland massacre that left 17 people dead. 

Florida state lawmakers passed a red-flag law after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Rubio’s bill, reintroduced on Thursday, would provide federal funding to help other states implement similar laws. “This idea has already proven successful in states like Florida, and it is my hope that this bill will get all the other states in the country to do the same thing,” Rubio said in a prepared statement. 

Bottom Line: After the November elections when it became clear that we would have divided Congressional control that would clearly be bitterly divided, I mentioned there were two issues that had a better chance of passing as a result of the change in Congress. Gun control was one of them, with infrastructure being the other. 

It’s clear that Marco Rubio has made this a top priority of his. The senator is taking the first available opportunity to reintroduce the bill and will soon be joined by Rick Scott, who signed comprehensive reforms into place in Florida. Clearly, Democrats have long called for increased gun control and with Republican-controlled Florida having passed reforms last year, a President who has taken executive action to ban bump stocks already and Senators Rubio and Scott leading an effort in the Senate, there's a chance reforms may gain momentum.

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