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Post-Parkland gun reform advocacy groups team up to form bi-partisan gun control coalition; advocate for 2020 Florida Constitutional amendment

By: - September 10, 2018 12:08 pm

Two gun control advocacy groups announced Monday that they want to place a Florida Constitutional amendment to ban assault weapons before voters in 2020.

“Americans for Gun Safety Now” is an advocacy group supporting national gun reform. “Ban Assault Weapons Now” is a Florida political committee led by families of mass shooting victims. The groups are working together to educate Floridians about gun reform policies.

“Both organizations believe that banning assault weapons is not a Democratic or Republican issue,” the organizations said in a statement. “AFGSN and BAWN will work to raise awareness by encouraging Florida community members, elected officials and business leaders from both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what is right for our state.”

The groups support a variety of gun control measures like limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, expanding universal background checks for anyone purchasing a firearm, and banning “bump stocks” – devices which allow weapons to fire faster.

The gun control coalition must get over 766,000 petition signatures from Florida voters to place a gun reform amendment on the 2020 general election ballot. Once on the ballot, the measure requires 60 percent of the vote to pass.

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CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers

CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.