Video: Democratic Florida Rep. Christine Hunschofsky questions the sponsor of HB 1223, Republican Rep. Bobby Payne

By Jose Ruiz Lopez

March 6, 2024
@floricuas

A bill that would lower the age to buy long guns (like AR-15s) from 21 to 18 –was heard on the floor of the Florida House on Thursday, drawing scrutiny from Democrats who questioned the wisdom of the legislation. House Bill 1223 would undermine the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act, which restricts firearm purchases to those 21 or older. The act was enacted in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and injured 17 others. The shooter who used an AR-15 in the attack was 19 years old. During the session, Democratic Florida Rep. Christine Hunschofsky questioned the sponsor of HB 1223, Republican Rep. Bobby Payne, on the criteria he used to craft the proposed measure. Asked by Hunschofsky for evidence that supports the necessity of lowering the age to buy a gun to 18, Payne repeatedly admitted to having no supporting evidence to validate his argument, other than stating “it is a Constitutional issue for me.” 🖊️: @gcbalido 📸: N/A

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    Jose Ruiz Lopez is a bilingual media professional with recent experience working in social media, public relations, marketing, video production, and news broadcasting. He previously worked at The Nevada Independent en Español, Communications Shop, Vegas PBS’ Marketing department, at Rebel Media Group at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, working on the Checkpoint XP show, among others. He graduated cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies and enjoys drawing and dedicating time to his art hobby.

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