Parkland father Fred Guttenberg introduced Jaime’s Law to extend background check requirements to ammunition sales.
“This isn’t about political positions because bullets don’t know what political party you belong to,” he explained. “This is about life and death.”
Guttenberg’s daughter Jaime was one of the 17 people killed in the February 14, 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Now he is keeping her memory alive with a new law targeting ammunition.
“The idea for Jaime’s Law, it came from the gun sellers. It came from those vicious trolls who were attacking me on [social] media, saying, ‘You can’t do anything about gun violence, there’s already too many guns out there,’” he stated.
There is currently little regulation put in place in the U.S. for buying ammunition, which means those who are prohibited from buying firearms can still easily by bullets. Jamie’s law hopes to close that loophole by requiring background checks to get extended to ammunition.
“Gun safety, and voting on it, will be a mobilizing issue. And I am certain of it because between now and the next election, there unfortunately will be more incidents of mass carnage,” Guttenberg said. “Americans want safety. The majority of Americans want to fix this problem. And only one side will be talking about it. The other side will ignore it.”