New Florida bill would repeal gun control measures passed in response to Parkland shooting

New Florida bill would repeal gun control measures passed in response to Parkland shooting

A bill recently introduced in the Florida legislature by a GOP lawmaker aims to roll back some gun control measures that were put in place following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Rep. Mike Hill (R) introduced the bill Monday that, if passed, would remove a mandatory waiting period to purchase firearms that aren’t handguns and would eliminate a provision that raised the age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21, according to NBC News.

The measures that Hill is seeking to repeal were passed in March 2018 as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act, named after the high school where 17 people were killed in a shooting.

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Another part of the bill looks to remove a provision that allows law enforcement to take firearms away from individuals they deem as a threat to themselves or others, commonly referred to as a “red flag law.”

In a statement, Hill told NBC News that he is seeking to repeal major parts of the bill because he took a "solemn oath to support, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution."

"The referenced Act violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Hill said. "Therefore, I am obligated and duty bound by my oath to file legislation to repeal those measures in the Act that infringe upon the Second Amendment to the US Constitution." 

Hill is a first-time state representative, having been voted into office in November.

Shooting survivor David Hogg, who along with other student survivors started a national movement pushing for gun control legislation, called the measure “f---ing ridiculous” in a live stream on social media Tuesday.

"For the thousands of kids that went up to Tallahassee and worked their asses off to get these laws passed, the least they can do is try not to reverse them their first year back in office,” he said.