Rep. Stephanie Murphy's bill to repeal a ban on federal government gun violence research is now getting support from Miami Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen after the deadliest high school shooting in the nation's history in Parkland, Florida.
Murphy, D-Winter Park, already has 122 Democrats signed on to the bill that ends the prohibition on the Department of Health and Human Services using federal funds to advocate or promote gun control. The issue has received attention from Republicans in recent days as a potential area for compromise in Congress, though some Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio have stopped short of fully endorsing the idea.
Curbelo and Ros-Lehtinen are generally more moderate on guns than many of their Republican counterparts. They were part of just over a dozen House Republicans who voted against a bill that would allow concealed carry permits to be valid across state lines last year.
THIS JUST IN ---> I'm excited to announce @RosLehtinen is the newest Republican to cosponsor my bill, #HR1478, to repeal the #DickeyAmendment & allow the federal gov't to research gun violence. Thank you Ileana & @RepCurbelo for making this effort bipartisan #FL07 #FlaPol #sayfie— Rep Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) February 20, 2018