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Gun rights activists divided on new gun bill
FLORIDA -- The gun debate continues in Florida. Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that would limit mentally ill people from buying a gun. The new law has gun rights activist divided on the issue.
The debate over guns and who should have them has surged once again after Governor Scott signed a bill that will help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. House bill 13-55 was crafted following the Sandy Hook school shooting last year.
Earl Wilfong, gun owner said, "It's a good way to weed out people, who shouldn't be carrying firearms, and mentally ill people should definitely not be carrying firearms.”
The gun bill will close a loophole that used to allow people with mental illness to voluntarily admit themselves for treatment, then quickly check out and still be able to buy a gun. Under the new law, their names will be placed in a database to stop them from buying guns.
But Rick Howard believes the new gun law won't make people any safer in the long-run.
"Keeping it out of the hands of those mentally ill, that's not going to help them from killing somebody else and taking their gun and then killing people so this law is frivolous,” said Howard.
Jon and Megan Boudreaux are also gun owners, they're concerned the new law still has gray areas that need to be addressed before it can be fully enforced.
Gun owner Jon Boudreaux said, “You have to define it in order to be able to enforce it, but you can't enforce it because no one wants to define it so all of a sudden you're just picking people at random and it becomes too personal.”
Governor Scott’s office has received thousands of emails from people either in favor of the bill or against it.
The new gun law goes into effect Monday, July 1.