Florida Senate Candidate Tracie Davis regularly calls for stricter gun control. But as a state representative, she supported legislation backed by the National Rifle Association.
During the 2017 legislative session, Davis supported a bill (HB 965) passed by the House. If the bill had become law, it would have reduced taxes on fingerprinting services required for background checks, making obtaining a concealed carry permit cheaper.
Conservatives Byron Donald and Ray Rodrigues carried the bill; both are Republicans who served in the House with Davis at the time and went on to upper Desk on pro-gun platforms.
The NRA presented the vote as a “winner for gun ownerswhen the House took the measure.
“Five bills of great importance to Second Amendment supporters and gun owners were on the House Floor Special Orders schedule for the purpose of answering questions and proposing amendments. “, wrote Marion Hammer in a memo to Members about bills that were progressing through the Legislative Assembly at the time.
Expect votes like this to come as David campaigns for an open seat in Senate District 5, where she has espoused support for gun control. “There is no excuse for our gun control laws to be as they are,” Davis tweeted after the Shooting at Uvalde in May.
Davis faces Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Gaffney in a Democratic primary.
This particular legislation never made it into the state statutes, dying in the state senate.
Although it lacked the support needed to reach the upper house floor, the bill won the support of most members of the House, including many Democrats. But the list of those who voted against the bill shows that the loudest voices in favor of gun reform had problems with the legislation.
Janet Cruz, then Democratic House leader and now a state senator, voted no on the bill. So done Jared Moskowitzthe architect of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act gun safety package passed in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
Davis’ vote to downgrade the path to gun ownership came before the deadly Parkland school shooting, but months after another mass shooting in Florida. The 2016 Pulse shooting, where a gunman killed 49 people with an AR-15 he bought days before after a background check, took place months before Davis voted.