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Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence Calls For Special Legislative Session

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for a special legislative session to implement new gun restrictions after this month’s mass shooting in Orlando.

President Pamela Goodman hopes to open a dialogue.

“We strongly believe that an elevated discourse from the people of Florida to the only people that can actually change legislation, our elected officials, need to happen now,” she said.

The Coalition delivered their message by hand to Florida lawmakers today.

In its letter, the group asks for a ban on the sale and possession of semiautomatic assault weapons, saying that they do not belong in civilian hands.

It’s also calling for increased background checks, particularly by private firearm dealers.

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence includes about 50 organizations.

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Allie George is a St. Augustine native and current WJCT news intern. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech, has studied at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and will continue her graduate studies in public health at the University of North Carolina in the fall. Allie is interested in the intersection of health and the environment, and hopes to learn how to more effectively engage the public in science journalism through radio and print.