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A Florida Republican said Tuesday legislation must be passed to implement commonsense gun control reforms, such as universal background checks on all gun transfers.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), who represents a district near Miami, said Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens should be strengthened, but more can be done to keep guns away from those who should not have them. 

"We simply cannot take risks anymore," he said, adding that the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 or other high-powered rifles should be raised from 18 to 21. 

"We want this time to be different. We want meaningful action," Curbelo said on "America's Newsroom" nearly a week after a 19-year-old gunman murdered 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

He also touted a bill to allow the CDC to research gun violence as a public health issue. Curbelo said there is a "growing interest" among Republicans, who feel these steps can be taken without infringing on gun rights.

Curbelo said after the Las Vegas massacre, he filed legislation to ban bump stocks, and the idea had broad support in Washington D.C., yet nothing happened. 

"That's just not acceptable this time."

He said he believes President Trump's "instincts" will lead him to support these measures. 

Watch the interview above.

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