Coalition created after Pulse massacre realigns to seek gun reforms in Florida

Coalition created after Pulse massacre realigns to seek gun reforms in Florida

The names of victims, written outside the Pulse nightclub just after the 2016 massacre in Orlando, Credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images A coalition created following the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre is shifting gears to more directly fight for gun-safety legislation in Florida. Newly formed Prevent Gun Violence Florida announced this week it will advocate for a state ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, for starters. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, an Orlando Democrat, has reintroduced a bill for the 2022 legislative session ( House Bill 199 ) to establish such a ban — as he has done every year since the Pulse massacre , in which 49 people were murdered by a lone gunman wielding high-capacity, assault-style firearms. In 2018, a lone gunman with an assault-style weapon murdered 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland. Sen. Gary Farmer, a Democrat from Broward County, which includes Parkland, is sponsoring the assault-weapons ban in the Senate ( Senate Bill 214 ). The Florida Legislature adopted some gun-safety provisions following the high-school massacre but not a ban on assault weapons, which was proposed by a citizens initiative as a constitutional amendment. The Florida Supreme Court quashed the effort in 2020 , saying the language of the amendment was not clear enough. Patricia Brigham, immediate past president of the League of Women Voters, will head the new organization, which filed this year as a 501(c)4 entity following the formation of its predecessor coalition in 2016, an offshoot of the […]

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