Brevard County organizations rally for state ban on assault weapons

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018, 5:09 PM EST

Ban assault weapons in the state of Florida — that was the message at a Melbourne rally Monday as Florida's Constitution Revision Commission meets for the final time.

The rally, led by the League of Women Voters, was held just before the powerful CRC held its lengthy afternoon public meeting.

And one topic fueled the discussion: placing a ban on assault weapons.

"Everyone agrees, regardless of political affiliation, a ban on assault weapons," said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters Florida, as the crowd cheered.

Just days after a gunman armed with an AR-15 killed 17 people at a south Florida high school, Brevard organizations stand as one, trying to persuade the Florida legislature to impose a ban on those type of weapons.

"It's not about a second amendment issue — it's about a public safety issue," Goodman told Spectrum News 13.

Supporters held signs saying 'Stand with Parkland', and 'Enough is Enough'.

Each of them are trying to get the ear of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a group holding its last 'Road to the Ballot' public hearing.

Their goal is to get the measure on the November ballot for the people to vote on.

"It is not one of the proposals in front of this commission," said Carlos Beruff, Chairman of Constitutional Revision Committee to a crowd, as many yelled "add it, add it!"

Despite their efforts, the Florida CRC said the assault weapon ban isn't on their agenda. But that doesn't mean those who support it will stop the fight.

"I can only pray and hope that those leaders in there will think seriously about our future legacy," said Dr. Krista Trefz of Palm Bay, who supports the assault weapon ban.

Supporters said they rallied in Melbourne Monday in place of the high school students from Parkland, who are on their way to stand before state legislators in Tallahassee.