Florida assault weapons ban amendment heads to Supreme Court for review — could be on 2020 ballot

Florida assault weapons ban amendment heads to Supreme Court for review — could be on 2020 ballot

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Mayra Alvear, mother of Amanda Alvear talks during a meeting of families of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting meet at Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, on Thursday, September 22, 2016. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/ Orlando Sentinel) (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel) Gun-control advocates say they’ve collected more than 103,000 signatures, enough to trigger the next critical step before a proposed ban on the sale of assault weapons could go before Florida voters in 2020. Leaders of the political committee Ban Assault Weapons Now gathered in Orlando on Monday to announce that its draft constitutional amendment met the signature threshold to go before the state Supreme Court for review. The event came just days before the third anniversary of the shooting at Pulse night club where 49 people died in a hail of gunfire from a shooter armed with an assault-style rifle. “Right now, we can do something to prevent the next mass shooting," said Gail Schwartz, chairwoman of the committee that goes by the acronym BAWN and the aunt of Alex Schachter, one of 17 people killed at the Parkland high school shooting last year. “We’re here today to offer you a chance to do something to create a positive change for our state.” After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Schwartz partnered with families touched by the Pulse shooting to try to prohibit the sale semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition — either in a fixed or detachable magazine. […]

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