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Will Florida Ban Assault-Style Weapons?

There are about 11 bills filed for the upcoming session, including five that would make it easier to get a gun. (Michael Saechang/Flickr)
There are about 11 bills filed for the upcoming session, including five that would make it easier to get a gun. (Michael Saechang/Flickr)
October 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There are renewed calls to ban the sale of assault weapons in Florida after the latest mass shooting that killed 58 and wounded more than 500 in Las Vegas.

State Sen. Linda Stewart and Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, both Orlando Democrats, filed the bill that also would ban the sale of magazines with more than seven rounds of ammunition.

Patti Brigham, co-chair of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, says action is what she expects to see from lawmakers.

"We don't elect our representatives for their thoughts and prayers,” she states. “We elect them to make law, and we really believe that it is really high time to start passing laws that protect citizens from needless gun violence. "

The Republican-controlled Legislature continues to block bills restricting gun use. Similar legislation was filed last year after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub that left 49 dead and more than 50 wounded.

The bill was not heard in either the House or Senate.

Brigham says the goal is not to infringe on the ability of people to protect themselves or infringe on the Second Amendment. She's hoping common sense rules will prevail.

"The bills did not get a hearing, so we brought them back and we will continue to bring them back until they pass, which may take a long time, but we are committed to ceasing the proliferation of assault weapons on our streets," she states.

So far, there are about 11 bills filed for the upcoming session including five that would make it easier to get a gun.


Trimmel Gomes, Public News Service - FL