Reportedly, Republican Representative Mike Hill introduced Bill HB175 on Monday. It modifies the previous bill from last year called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act after the shooting at the high school of the same name. It does the following:
- Removes provisions authorizing the seizure of firearms from persons in certain circumstances
- Removes prohibition on firearms ownership or possession until removal of firearm possession & firearm ownership disability
- Removes prohibition on persons younger than 21 years of age purchasing firearms
- Eliminates waiting periods for purchases of firearms other than handguns
- Removes the ban on bump-fire stocks
- Removes provisions providing for risk protection orders.
We haven't seen this reported anywhere else, but with a little investigative reading of our own we were able to determine that the bill does not repeal the following sections:
- Criteria for background checks that would make a person prohibited to own firearms under Florida law for any of these reasons:
- Past criminal convictions
- A judgment of mental defectiveness
- A judgment of being a danger to themselves or others
So could this pass? We've looked at the Florida legislature and it certainly seems doable. Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly beat his Democratic challenger in the 2018 election, while the Senate is 23 to 17 Republican and the House is even better at 73 to 47 Republican. We often decline on reporting on bills that don't seem likely to succeed, but this one seems like more than a 50/50 proposition. We'll keep watching it.