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CRC Refuses To Vote On Gun Control Proposals

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Florida voters will not get to weigh in on proposals creating universal background checks or a ban on assault weapons. Other proposals mirrored the new gun safety law approved by Governor Rick Scott. Those included raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 to buy any gun. Roberto Martinez championed that proposal.

“We wouldn’t say, ‘they’re legal,’” he said, Wednesday. “We wouldn’t say, ‘they’re illegal.’ We would say, ‘you the citizens have encountered such a horrible experience after experience in this state.’ Let’s lead this country and do something about it.”

Martinez sits on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission—a 37-member panel that meets every two decades to revise the state’s constitution and put matters before Florida voters. On a voice vote, the CRC members refused to take up several gun control amendments because they said it had nothing to do with another proposal it was attached to.

Stay tuned to Friday's Capital Report for more on this story.

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