Chair Nikki Fried says, “Floridians cried out for these overwhelmingly popular reforms because we were tired of watching children die.”
Representative Dan Daley says, “The current law works, and repealing it would make Florida’s kids less safe.”
Today, a Florida House committee advanced a bill that would repeal a post-Parkland gun safety law that raised the gun purchase age requirement to 21. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement:
“Every time I think Florida’s Republican supermajority can’t find a new low, they prove me wrong,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “After the Parkland shooting, Republicans and Democrats came together to forge bipartisan solutions that would make our students safer. Floridians cried out for these overwhelmingly popular reforms because we were tired of watching children die.
“It’s only been six years, and now Florida Republicans want us to forget the pain and suffering these families went through, all to satisfy the gun lobby with a niche interpretation of the Second Amendment. I don’t know how they sleep at night.”
“The age limit to purchase a rifle keeps Florida safer, and any effort to lower the age requirement is a shameful political play at the expense of our students’ safety,” said State Representative Dan Daley. “In the wake of the shooting at my alma mater, the Legislature raised the age to buy these guns to 21. Now, just weeks before the 6th year anniversary of MSD, the Legislature is looking to roll it back and lower the age limit — even though we know the majority of school shooters are aged 18 to 21 and use a long gun. The current law works, and repealing it would make Florida’s kids less safe.”