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Florida assault weapons ban amendment heads to Supreme Court for review — could be on 2020 ballot

Photos and keepsakes adorn the Pulse Interim Memorial located at the Pulse nightclub site south of downtown Orlando, Thursday, June 6, 2019. June 12 marks the 3rd anniversary of the mass shooting that left 49 club patrons dead. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Gun-safety advocates say they’ve collected more than 103,000 signatures, enough to trigger a Supreme Court review of a ballot measure that could ban the sale of assault weapons in Florida.

Activists with the political committee Ban Assault Weapons Now, formed in the wake of the Parkland shooting last year, announced the pending review Monday at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office.

The group is comprised of survivors of mass shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, as well as other victims of gun violence and family members.

They were joined Monday in Orlando by Ricardo Negron-Almodovar, who survived the Pulse shooting in 2016, as well as parents of Pulse victims Christine Leinonen and Mayra Alvear.

A Supreme Court review is a significant step toward a constitutional amendment reaching voters, but also only requires about 10% of the signatures needed to be included on the ballot.

For voters to have a say, the group needs at least 766,200 signatures.

State records show the organization has raised $430,000 toward the effort.


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