Florida Senate approves AR-15 ban, rejects it minutes later

In a rare Saturday session the Florida Senate approved a two-year moratorium on the sale of AR-15 style rifles.  The moratorium was later rejected, the Tampa Bay Times said.

In an unexpected move by a staunchly pro-gun Legislature, senators briefly approved and then rejected a two-year moratorium on sale of AR-15 assault rifles, the type used in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Senate President Joe Negron ruled that the amendment passed. As senators scurried about, it was reconsidered as Senate rules allow and overturned by a roll call vote of 21-17.

All 15 Senate Democrats voted for the ban and were joined by two Republicans — Anitere Flores of Miami and Rene Garcia of Hialeah.

Jose Javier Rodriguez, a Democrat from Miami, called the rifles, “weapons of war designed to kill efficiently and effectively … and then they’re

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