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Video: How easy is it to buy a gun in Florida?

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Latest update : 2016-06-15

In the aftermath of the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting, a FRANCE 24 team tried to buy a weapon in the state of Florida. Three days later, they had a brand-new pistol.

To acquire a firearm in Florida, all a potential buyer needs is a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and to fill out a form. Clearance from state authorities arrives about three days later.

Following the Pulse nightclub attack in which gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others, there have been new calls for stricter gun control laws. But for Americans who staunchly support the right to bear arms, the renewed debate merely reinforces their determination to own a gun.

Florida gun shop owner Todd Short says he sees a spike in sales in the wake of mass shooting incidents – and every time President Barack Obama talks about the need for stricter gun control. “Usually [after] mass shootings, and then our president talking about gun reform and gun control – and people are thinking, now they won't have access to protection for their families,” he says.

Click on the video player above to watch the full FRANCE 24 report.

Date created : 2016-06-15

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