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House Memorial 545, 'Right To Keep And Bear Arms' Bill, Passed By Florida Legislature

04/18/2013 02:38 am ET | Updated Apr 18, 2013

On the same day that the U.S. Senate failed to muster enough votes for increased background checks, Florida's State Legislature generated its own message in favor of Second Amendment rights.

House Memorial 545 was adopted late Wednesday afternoon with an 81-36 vote in favor of passage. Sponsored by Rep. Neil Combee (R-Polk City), the "Right To Keep And Bear Arms" initiative urges Congress and the president to protect Second Amendment rights.

The vote appears to have come with some fanfare, as The Miami Herald reported that one legislator used sound effects to get his point across, yelling "let liberty ring!" while making a gun noise.

The U.S. Senate's bipartisan background check measure fell six votes shy of the 60 necessary to break a filibuster. Florida's senators voted along the overall partisan trend lines, with Sen. Bill Nelson (D) turning in a yes, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R) going with a no.

Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Times reported that a handful of Florida counties have similar checks in place, but they are largely unenforced. Back in July 2012, the Sunshine State was the first to surpass one million concealed weapons permits.

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