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Congressional Lawmakers Reintroduce ‘Jaime's Law’ On Capitol Hill

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CBS4's Joan Murray shares the details.

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- And now at 6:00, Florida Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to pass stricter gun control requirements for anyone buying ammunition. The law is in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, who was one of the 17 people killed in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. CBS 4's Joan Murray spoke to Jaime's father, Fred Guttenberg, who has strong words for senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

JOAN MURRAY: We're now three years past Parkland, and it's estimated there are 100 million more guns on the streets. But gun reform advocates believe they have a shot at change.

Named for a 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, the accomplished Stoneman Douglas student and dancer who died running away from a heavily armed shooter in 2018, "Jamie's Law" would extend background checks to anyone buying bullets.

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: It's legislation that helps to tackle this problem in a holistic way. Not just by addressing guns, but also ammunition sales.

JOAN MURRAY: Jamie's Law failed to get traction two years ago when it was first introduced.

FRED GUTTENBERG: The gun lobby is weakened because of the work we've done and the last two elections.

JOAN MURRAY: But with Democrats in control of Congress, Jaime's father, gun reform advocate Fred Guttenberg, is optimistic.

FRED GUTTENBERG: It's basically accepting the reality that you have 400 million weapons, many in the hands of people who may intend harm, who can right now walk into any store and illegally-- key word, illegally, buy ammunition, because nobody checks when it's just ammunition.

JOAN MURRAY: In recent weeks, mass shootings from Boulder, Colorado, to FedEx in Indianapolis and spas in Atlanta have forced a national conversation on gun violence again.

JOE BIDEN: This has to end. It's a national embarrassment.

FRED GUTTENBERG: This particular law wouldn't have changed what happened to my daughter. I am now doing what I do because I simply want to save lives from gun violence.

TED CRUZ: Every time there's a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders.

JOAN MURRAY: Guttenberg has no illusions about the road ahead in the US Senate.

FRED GUTTENBERG: I'm not counting on any support from Rick Scott or Marco Rubio. I do believe that gun safety is going to get passed this year, but it's going to happen without Republicans.

JOAN MURRAY: Fred Guttenberg is going to be spending a lot of time in Washington to get Jaime's Law passed. He says it is not the total answer to gun reform, but it is a start. In Fort Lauderdale, Joan Murray, CBS 4 News.