ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida State Senator Randolph Bracy (D-Orlando) highlighted a three-point plan Friday that he calls a small step in the right direction towards meaningful gun control.
First, he says an assessment needs to be done to determine the mental health status of anyone trying to purchase a gun.
Next, Bracy says there needs to be a moral character form that would be completed by police officers.
Finally, he says anyone wishing to purchase a gun would be required to take an anger management or impulse control class before being allowed to do so.
When asked how long he expects the three steps to take, Bracy said he would prefer a waiting period, but that some Republicans have not been able to agree to that.
Bracy says he’s called for a special legislative session to discuss ways to implement his plan.
“I’ve already sent a letter outlining my three-step proposal to all of the legislators,” Bracy said. “It’s up to the Governor, the Senate President, and the House Speaker to come together on these proposals.”
Bracy’s comments come after several mass shootings across the country, including one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
Governor Ron DeSantis weighed in on the issue during a stop in Orlando Friday.
He said the budget he signed Thursday includes an increase in funding for school safety and mental health. He says he will also continue with the programs that were started after the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Bracy says he’s well aware his plan will not stop gun violence entirely, but he believes it’s a start to a conversation that needs to take place.
“I think this will impede some violence,” Bracy said. “It won’t stop all violence.”
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