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Florida Supreme Court Stops Assault Weapons Ban Ballot Proposal

The Florida Supreme Court.
Nick Evans

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.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.