Gun control continues to be a hotly debated topic in the U.S., as well as Florida.

State leaders are looking at how weapons are purchased at gun shows.

In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. there has been plenty of talk in Washington about tougher gun laws, but, so far, Congress has yet to act.

Now, a Florida lawmaker says the state needs to take matters into its own hands.

Democratic Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa has filed a bill to close the gun show loophole, which allows people to buy a gun from a private party at a gun show without having to undergo a background check.

If the bill were to pass, the only people allowed to hawk weapons at gun shows would be licensed firearm dealers and under law, they would have to conduct those checks.

Supporters say it could have a big impact on crime. They point to figures showing 30 percent of the guns connected to crimes can be linked back to gun shows.

However, gun rights advocates argue the drive to close the loophole is an overreach.