JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local sheriff is shooting holes in a newly reached gun control deal.
Washington republicans and democrats say they've agreed on a plan to require background checks for gun shows and internet sales.
"The criminals right now are probably laughing about this," said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.
He's perhaps the last person you'd expect to be speaking out against tougher gun laws. Sheriff Beseler says he fully supports cracking down on gun toting criminals. But he says a brand new bill being considered by congress requiring background checks for firearms bought at gun shows or online definitely won't do that.
"Most criminals don't go out in public where police officers are working security at the front door and buy a gun at the gun shows," he told Action News.
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"I think all of us in the industry do not want firearms in the wrong hands," said owner Bob Perry.
Perry tells Action News this bill in it's current form is gun control he actually supports.
"I am sure that there are transfers that shouldn't take place at gun shows so I'm not opposed to those somehow coming through background checks. I think it's a reasonable accommodation to prevent criminals from getting firearms," he said.
While Sheriff Beseler agrees something has to change, he says this bill will just create new problems.
"If they can't get their guns one way, they'll get them another way and I'm afraid burglaries are going to go up, I'm afraid robberies are going to go up, people that own firearms lawfully are going to be targeted now by criminals and I think we are going to create a new underground black market," Beseler said.
One thing both men do agree on is that something needs to be done to stop firearms from getting into the hands of people suffering from mental illness. They say those folks need to be added to the national database.
Here's the NRA's stand on the deal -- "Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools."