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Supreme Court blocks initiative to ban assault weapons

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Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 4:37 PM EDT
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By: Capitol News Service

June 4, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- An effort to put the question of banning so-called ‘assault weapons’ before voters in 2022 has been blocked by the Florida Supreme Court.

The court ruled the ballot language was misleading because it said currently owned assault weapons could be registered and exempt from the ban, but the amendment actually would have only exempted the current owner from the ban.

The weapons themselves would be illegal if they were transferred to another owner.

Former NRA President Marion Hammer considers the ruling a victory.

“This was a great win for law-abiding gun owners in Florida. The Supreme Court agreed with our contention that the ballot summary was deceptive and would fool voters,” said Hammer.

Opponents of the amendment also took issue with the way it defined assault weapons, arguing it would have banned virtually all long guns capable of holding more than one round at a time.

However the court did not weigh in on that issue.

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