Seventeen people lost their lives in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. Seventeen more were injured. In June of 2016, 49 people were killed in the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and 53 others were hurt. In both attacks, the shooters used high capacity semi-automatic rifles. “These are the ones that we want off our streets, out of our communities,” said Gail Schwartz, chairwoman of the Ban Assault Weapons now initiative, also known as BAWN. The tragedies are the driving force behind a bipartisan effort to put gun control into the hands of Florida voters. BAWN is led in part by survivors of both deadly shootings. The goal is to put an amendment on the 2020 ballot in Florida to stop the purchase of any semiautomatic rifle and shotgun able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once. Those who already own the guns can keep them, with a requirement to register them with the state. “We’ve already had in this country a 10-year assault weapon ban, so we know that this is legal,” Schwartz explained, referencing the federal ban from 1994-2004. [full article]
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