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Florida lawmakers shoot down ban on AR-15's

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Debate on a school safety plan was pushed back a day in the Senate and members will now meet in a rare Saturday session to begin discussing the chamber's legislation meant to prevent another Parkland school shooting from happening again in Florida. After the vote, Senate President Joe Negron, a Republican, asked senators to take their seats.

All of the votes in the Florida senate that rejected the bill banning AR-15s were from Republicans. Another amendment, to remove the proposal to allow school districts to train and arm teachers, failed on a 20-18 vote, with Republican Tom Lee of Thonotosassa joining Garcia, Flores and the Democrats.

In the all-day Senate session, lawmakers considered multiple measures aimed at reducing gun violence, including millions of dollars for school safety and improving mental health services, after the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed.

Scott opposes the idea of arming teachers.

In response to that concern, the Republican majority agreed to accept an amendment by Sen.

Many student survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School flocked to the State House in the days after the attack to lobby legislators to ban assault weapons and take other measures on gun control.

"The substance of our bill is still the same", Galvano said. If someone is deemed a "significant risk or threat", a court can also issue a search warrant for firearms. "I want to do something to stop it".

Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez of Miami was among several Democrats who argued that the high-capacity weapons are not needed for civilians. "The reason it is not being included is not because of constitutional law".

In response to the Parkland shooting, busloads of students and protesters gathered in Tallahassee to call for strict gun control measures, including a ban on semiautomatic weapons like the AR-15, which was used in the shooting.

Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez called assault rifles "weapons of war created to kill efficiently and effectively ... and then they're modified for civilian use by a $17 billion industry".

The fleeting prohibition came on an unrecorded voice vote, in which lawmakers shouted yea or nay, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

After the upper chamber debated for almost an hour, Senate President Joe Negron (R) ruled that the amendment temporarily banning the sale of AR-15s had passed in an unrecorded voice vote, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The body then moved to other legislation on guns.

"I think this journey is just beginning", Galvano added.

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