Published On: Mon, Aug 5th, 2019

One Step Closer to Seeing Assault-Weapons Ban On Florida Ballot

A handful of wealthy donors contribute large amounts of their money in the effort to achieve a proposed assault-weapons ban on the Florida election ballot in 2020.

Following the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, the South Florida Sun Sentinel found that small dollar donations had increased. More than 17,000 contributions of less than $100 have come into the group, BAWN. All the small-dollar contributions added up to $273,000, half of the amount totaled by the 13 big contributors.

With these donations, if BAWN is successful, voters would be able to see a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution on the November 2020 ballot. This would essentially prohibit the sale of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine. Individuals legally owning assault weapons before a ban, would also be required to register them with the state. This would not influence the possession of handguns.

Getting a measure on the Florida ballot faces its challenges of requiring 766,200 petition signatures, where as of June 26, the Secretary of State’s Office has only reported 91,211 petition signatures as valid.

A June Quinnipiac Poll found 59% of Florida voters in support of banning the sale of assault weapons in the state.

What do you think of this assault-weapons ban proposal?

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