01/16/2013 05:09 pm ET

Florida Officials Respond To Obama's Gun Control Announcement (PHOTOS)

President Barack Obama announced swift and historic measures to combat gun violence in a press conference Wednesday, and Florida's congressional delegation didn't stay quiet.

One month after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the President signed 23 executive orders into law to supplement other proposals that will be sent to Congress for debate -- including recommendations requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies.

"Why in the world would we not want to check to see if a person buying a weapon has a criminal record?" asked gun-owning Senator Bill Nelson (D) in a statement, noting he'll be out hunting pythons in the Everglades over the weekend. But other Sunshine State officials weren't so positive:

Florida Reactions To President Obama Gun Measures