Lawmaker wants to repeal gun components of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 19:11:51-05

A State Representative is trying to repeal the gun components of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

"Listen, I feel it's like a slap in the face to the families in Parkland," said Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting almost a year ago.

House bill 0175 filed by State Representative Walter Bryan "Mike" Hill aims to repeal the risk protection orders that allow the confiscation of weapons in certain cases, the waiting period to buy long guns, the ban on bump stocks, and the law that makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy a long gun.

"18-year-olds have the rights to go over and serve our country with a rifle and they can even die over there, so for them to come back over and not be able to do that [buy a rifle] is absurd," said D.J. Parten, Director of Legislation for the Florida Gun Rights organization.

Many gun advocates pushing for the repeal of the gun laws say the passing of the act was a knee-jerk reaction after the Parkland tragedy.

"They just finished the actual findings by professionals, but the laws went into effect way before they had the report done," said Alex Shkop, owner of Guns and Range Training Center in West Palm Beach.

Shkop says the law hurts responsible gun owners.

"We do have a pretty decent hunting population and those guys start hunting pretty early on so by 16 - 17, they are very experienced and safe shooters," said Shkop.

But on the other side of the coin, supporters of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act say the law is saving lives.

"Had this bill been in place before February 14, my daughter would be alive today, it's really quite simple," said Guttenberg.

The legislative session starts the first week of March.