Florida groups launch ‘assault weapon’ ban ballot drive
By Chris Eger
The groups, an outgrown of the advocacy wave that surged following the Parkland shooting in the state, are moving towards a voter-approved gun ban in 2020. (Photo: Americans for Gun Safety Now)
Two organizations have allied to put a constitutional amendment on Florida’s 2020 general election ballot to ban certain firearms and their magazines.
The groups, Americans for Gun Safety Now and the unambiguously-named Ban Assault Weapons Now, said in a joint statement released this week that they were formed during the advocacy wave that surged following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead in the state in February. Working together, they hope to gather enough signatures to put the initiative in front of voters for a yes or no vote that, if successful, would enact a statewide ban.
“The assault rifle, and its ability to fire approximately one hundred rounds a minute, can be purchased legally with no proof of training, no background check, and no regulations what so ever,” said Gail Schwartz, BAWNs chair, and the aunt of Alex Schachter who was killed at Parkland. “Our goal is to take military-style firearms off the shelves thus saving the lives of innocent people.”
Both organizations, with a small social