Less than a week after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school, Florida lawmakers rejected an attempt to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles, according to The Associated Press.
The Florida House on Tuesday voted 36-71 against a motion to consider a bill to ban assault rifles and large-capacity magazines, a vote which effectively kills the bill for the legislative session ending on March 9.
Seventeen people were killed and others injured when suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, allegedly used an AR-15 assault rifle that he had purchased legally to shoot his classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
Students from the school were present in the gallery and looked on as the House voted against considering the bill, according to Local10 News.
The Hill adds:
The bill was assigned to three committees but was not scheduled for a hearing, according to the AP. Because of Tuesday’s vote not to remove the bill from committee and let it be considered by the full House, the bill is essentially dead for this session, since the committees will not meet again before March 9.