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Report: Florida Senate Approves, Then Quickly Rejects Assault Rifle Ban

By    |   Saturday, 03 March 2018 05:51 PM

The Florida senate on Saturday approved a ban on assault weapons for 15 minutes before quickly rescinding it, a vote that came during an all-day session on gun measures, the Miami Herald reports.

The move comes nearly three weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida high school reignited the gun debate

The state senate initially passed the measure on a voice vote, but the body reconsidered the amendment and voted to overturn it. Every no vote was cast by Republicans.

The amendment would have placed a two-year moratorium on the sale of AR-15 assault-style rifles, the weapon used in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz.

Legislation discussed Saturday included millions of dollars on mental health and school safety.

“If anything has come out of that tragedy, it is the realization that we have not done enough to this point comprehensively to have mechanisms in place ... to prevent this from occurring,” said Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, as he introduced a new draft of the Senate plan.

“I think this journey is just beginning,” Galvano added. “This is not the end all and be all. I think we have much to do in this area, and I plan to do much in this area” so that all people are “safe to lead their daily lives and be productive in this state.”

The report comes a week after Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed banning the sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21.

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The Florida senate on Saturday approved a ban on assault weapons for 15 minutes before quickly rescinding it nearly three weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida high school reignited the gun debate, a vote that came during an all-day session on gun measures.
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