Florida Supreme Court Stops Assault Weapons Ban Ballot Proposal
A proposed assault weapons ban was shot down by the Florida Supreme Court Thursday. In a 4-1 decision, the court agreed the ballot language for the proposed constitutional amendment could mislead voters about how the ban would work.
Gail Schwartz started the initiative after the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She was the aunt of one of the 17 victims killed that day.
Attorney General Ashley Moody, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation opposed the proposed constitutional amendment during arguments before the Supreme Court. National gun-control groups and several South Florida cities backed the proposal.
In a statement released after the ruling, Schwartz said the fight to rid Florida of what she calls “killing machines” is not over.