Legislation to close the gun-show loophole will not pass this year

Potential buyers try out guns which are displayed on an exhibitor's table during the Nation's Gun Show on Nov. 18, 2016 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. | Alex Wong, Getty Images

An effort to close a loophole in state law that allows private gun sales to take place without a background check is dead for the 2020 session, Senate President Bill Galvano said.

Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who supported closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” said the measure will not be taken up on the Senate floor, but the Senate will be looking at other public-safety measures.

Under current law, anyone purchasing a gun from a licensed dealer must undergo a background check.

The gun sale can be blocked if the background check determines the purchaser is a convicted felon, has been involved in a domestic violence case or has a mental illness. But the background-check requirement does not apply to gun sales made privately.

Despite support among some Senate leaders for closing the loophole, the legislation always faced strong resistance in the Florida House, where leaders opposed the measure as an infringement of gun-ownership rights.