assault weapons

Appeals Court Upholds ‘Red Flag’ Law

Sep 26, 2019
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An appeals court Wednesday rejected a constitutional challenge to Florida’s “red flag” law, which passed after the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and allows guns to be removed from people found to pose a threat to themselves or others. 

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The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled February arguments for proposed constitutional amendments that would ban assault weapons and legalize recreational marijuana. 

The state could see a $30 million drop in sales tax revenue if an amendment banning assault weapons in Florida is passed. 

Assault Weapons Definition Could Be Key

Jul 31, 2019

Exactly which guns would be outlawed under a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at stopping Floridians from possessing assault weapons is posing a puzzle for state economists.

The economists’ task is to predict the financial impact that the proposed amendment, backed by the political committee Ban Assault Weapons NOW, would have on state and local economies.

But before they can get to the number crunching, the economists, meeting as the Financial Impact Estimating Conference, have to nail down the specific weapons the proposal seeks to ban.

Florida's attorney general asked the state Supreme Court to disqualify a proposed ballot measure seeking to ban assault weapons, saying the measure goes too far in outlawing the possession of all semi-automatic long guns.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says the state’s pending school marshal program is the “first-of-its kind” in the nation.

And the Congressman representing Parkland said mass shootings went up 200 percent in the decade after the national assault weapons ban expired.

WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

A number of public safety proposals have passed their first House committee, allowing them to now head to the floor. Like the Senate version bill, it does not include an assault weapons ban. Still, more people are starting to agree that while this isn’t the best bill, it’s not totally bad either.

A new poll released Tuesday finds 52 percent of registered voters in Florida oppose prohibiting the sale of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, with 42 percent supporting a prohibition.

Democrats Call For 'Assault' Weapon Ban

Oct 4, 2017

Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, will outline proposed legislation Wednesday that would ban “assault-style” weapons in Florida.

Congressman Alan Grayson Tells Tallahassee To Ban Assault Weapons In Florida

Jun 23, 2016

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson was in Tallahassee calling on the Florida legislature to pass a bill that would ban assault weapons in Florida. 

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden released ambitious proposals to curb gun violence at a news conference on Wednesday. (See video.)  The plan came in response to last month’s elementary-school massacre in Newtown, CT.

Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm tells the story of a 26-year-old Iraq War vet who was holed up in a townhouse with 20 assault weapons and plenty of ammunition, delusional, angry and suffering from paranoia. So many things could have gone wrong -- but because talented and dedicated public servants got involved, they didn't.

Don’t expect Friday’s massacre of first graders to nudge Florida in the direction of gun control, not even on assault weapons.  Washington is one thing. Tallahassee is something else.

Rep. Dennis Baxley, who chairs the state House Judiciary Committee, says the problem in schools is that there are not enough guns.

“In our very admirable zealous desire to make people safe, we created these gun-free zones, and we have inadvertently made them a target for this kind of activity,” said Baxley, R-Ocala.