ORLANDO (CBSMiami/NSF) – Two Orlando lawmakers are calling for a ban on “assault-style” weapons in Florida.READ MORE: Parkland Activist Dad Fred Guttenberg Joins Anti-Gun Group
Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, will outline the proposed legislation at a news conference at the Orange County Courthouse on Wednesday.
According to a news release, Stewart and Smith will point to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last year and to the deaths of at least 59 people in a shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Smith on Tuesday filed his version of the legislation (HB 219), while Stewart filed a similar measure (SB 196) in August.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Public Schools Could Ease Mask Mandate By End Of Month
The Republican-dominated Legislature, however, has repeatedly rejected gun-control measures in the past.
A proposal sponsored by Stewart and Smith during the 2017 legislative session to ban so-called assault rifles and “large capacity” ammunition magazines was not heard in House and Senate committees.
The new legislation is filed for the 2018 session, which starts in January.MORE NEWS: 'Ultimate World Cruise' To Depart From PortMiami In 2023
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.