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Assault weapons ban won’t be on Florida ballot. Supreme Court deems wording misleading

Assault weapons ban won’t be on Florida ballot. Supreme Court deems wording misleading

by LAWRENCE MOWER HERALD/T  |  Published on June 5, 2020

A proposal to ban assault weapons in Florida was rejected by the state Supreme Court on Thursday, with a majority of justices ruling that the proposal was misleading.

Spun out of the 2018 Parkland massacre, the proposed ballot measure would have changed Florida’s Constitution to make it illegal for people to buy assault weapons or transfer those weapons to others.

In finding the proposal was misleading, a majority of justices took a narrow approach, honing in on just a few words at the end of the proposed ballot summary.

The ballot measure summary, which is limited to 75 words, states that the proposal “[e]xempts and requires registration of assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to this provision’s effective date.”

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