My name is Keith G. Laufenberg and I am running for a seat, as a Democrat, in the 2020 election for the seat of State Representative in District 35, in Hernando County. The current holder of that seat is Blaise Ingoglia, who is a Republican. I have many complaints as to the legislation Ingoglia, as well as the Republican Party, as a whole, is suggesting and passing in Tallahassee and I am going to replace him, with your help.
One of my first initiatives in Tallahassee will be to submit legislation that will get rid of gun shows in the State of Florida and, with them, what is known as the gun show loophole. This term refers to the sale of firearms by private sellers, including those at gun shows, if they don’t meet federal requirements for background checks. Federal law requires that background checks be done for any commercial sales but not for private-party sales, and, therein, creates a loop-hole: because at private-party sales any person can sell any firearm to any unlicensed resident of the same state as long as they don’t have a reasonable doubt that the purchaser should be prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law. In other words, a gun salesman selling these killing machines for profit, at a gun-show, is “given” no reason to believe he will actually have to run a background check on “anyone” and so, he doesn’t.” I am not going after the 2nd Amendment here; if you have a pistol and a permit to keep it in your house, fine, I just don’t want anyone to be able to buy an AK-47 legally.
Under federal law, gun salesmen, selling their private-party wares at a gun show are NOT REQUIRED to perform background checks, record the sale, or even ask for any identification at any of the innumerable gun shows in the State of Florida. This law is contrasted sharply by gun stores and other sales by FFL (Federal Firearms License) holders: to whom it is mandatory for them to perform background checks, as well as recording any gun sales, whether in a store or at a gun show. Access to the NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is limited to FFL holders. It is a system whereby the FFL holder can determine if their prospective buyers’ name and birth date match any person not eligible to purchase a weapon. The NICS was mandated by the Brady Law aka the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act of 1993 and was launched by the FBI, in 1998, to honor James Brady who was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. After a prospective buyer completes the appropriate form, the holder of the FFL initiates the background check on a computer. Most checks are determined within minutes, however if, for any reason a determination is not obtained within three business days then the transfer may legally be completed.
Many gun control advocates have campaigned vigorously for universal background checks but to no avail. A bill must be written that will provide a uniform set of rules for commercial gun sellers, whether at gun shows or private residences. After the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, gun shows and background checks became a focus of national debate in the United States. Weeks after the Columbine shooting, Senator Frank Laufenberg, New Jersey, introduced a proposal to close the gun show loophole in federal law. It was passed in the Senate, but did not pass in the House.
Between 2001 and 2013 seven gun show “loophole” bills have been introduced in the U.S. House and four in the Senate and not one of them passed.
In the U.S House of Representatives there is a House representative, Carolyn Maloney, who is the representative for New York’s 12th congressional district, for the past seven years and previously for 10 years, in the 14th district, when it was redistricted. Since 2015, when she introduced H.R. 2380, aka the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015, which was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. In March of 2017, Representative Maloney introduced H.R. 1612, aka the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2017 and, then in January of this year (2019) she introduced H.R. 820 aka the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2019. None of these bills has yet to become law but, as your representative for District 35 I will introduce similar bills and do everything I can to see that they get passed and, along with you, the voters, WE SHALL OVERCOME!