A recent shooting incident on Memorial Day at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in Florida has sparked a contentious debate surrounding gun laws and political blame. California Governor Gavin Newsom, a vocal advocate for gun control, took to social media to express his concerns and blame the shooting on a bill signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
On Memorial Day, an altercation escalated into gunfire at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, resulting in the hospitalization of at least nine individuals, including minors. While one person of interest has been detained, another remains at large, prompting an ongoing investigation.
Governor Newsom was quick to react to the shooting on social media, blaming the incident on a bill signed by Governor DeSantis in April. Newsom claimed that the permit-less carry bill eliminates requirements for background checks, instruction, training, and oversight.
However, Governor DeSantis’ press secretary, Jeremy Redfern, promptly responded, pointing out that the bill Newsom referenced is not yet in effect. It is important to note that the bill is set to become law on July 1st after the shooting incident occurred. Thus, it is inaccurate to suggest that this particular legislation had any impact on the Hollywood Beach shooting.
How does a law that doesn’t take effect until July 1st change this outcome? pic.twitter.com/LM97HL6vLD
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) May 30, 2023
Furthermore, Newsom’s claim regarding the constitutional carry law removing background check requirements is misleading. The law permits eligible citizens aged 21 and above to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a permit or paying a fee. However, this legislation does not alter the eligibility criteria for obtaining a carry permit. Those who still wish to obtain a permit can do so, and the existing requirements, such as being a citizen or lawful permanent resident, passing a background check, and completing a firearms training class, remain unchanged.
It is worth mentioning that, even with the constitutional carry law, licensed firearms dealers in Florida are still required by federal law to conduct background checks on prospective buyers. However, neither federal nor state law mandates background checks for private sellers.