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Gun legislation — without assault weapons ban — moves forward in Florida Senate

Gun legislation — without assault weapons ban — moves forward in Florida Senate

A rally outside the state Capitol featuring more than a thousand gun-control activists became a raucous Senate committee hearing Monday as gun-control activists filled the room, hooting and hollering as speaker after speaker demanded a ban on assault weapons, and hissing and booing as NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer warned that a proposed ban “stops short of banning every gun known to man.”

The assault weapons ban was one of about half a dozen Democratic amendments voted down in Monday’s meeting, despite two hours of testimony by activists, many of whom came by bus from South Florida.

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