JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Senate is getting set to vote on whether or not to start formal gun control debate and Democrats are hoping this will be the next step toward passing their gun control bill. This morning we hear a local sheriff speaking out against that very law.
"The criminals, right now, are probably laughing about this," Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler tells our partner Action News.
Beseler says the bill, which would require background checks for guns bought at gun shows or online, wouldn't stop criminals from getting their hands on firearms and he worries the law could create a new underground black market.
"Most criminals don't go out in public where police officers are working security at the front door and buy a gun at a gun show," Beseler says.
Shooting Sports Pro Shop owner Bob Perry says he supports the bill in its current form and says he thinks most people in the gun industry don't want weapons to fall into the wrong hands.
"I am sure that there are transfers that shouldn't take place at gun shows so I'm not opposed to those somehow coming through background checks. I think it's a reasonable accomodation to prevent criminals from getting firearms," Perry says.
Beseler says legislation or no, criminals will still find ways to get their hands on guns.