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Hundreds head to Tallahassee to demand action on gun reforms

Posted at 6:36 AM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 06:36:16-05

On Monday, close to 1,000 Floridians, including at least 50 from the Tampa Bay area will Rally in Tally. The Women's March Florida, Broward Democratic Party, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, and Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine will lead the rally.



The Florida Senate schedules its first legislative hearing on the new gun legislation for Monday, February 26th. People will rally to demand action on gun reforms, including a permanent ban on assault rifles. 

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A group of close to 50 people from the Tampa Bay area left early Monday morning from International Mall. Adults and several students boarded the bus. Students told us the Parkland shooting really hits close to home for them. 

"Honestly, it's kind of disheartening knowing that it happened so close to us and Florida has some really relaxed laws when it comes to guns ... I really hope they hear us out," said Shante Johnson, a senior at Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School. 

Jessica Shattuck, a social science instructor at Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School and sponsor of the school's Democrats Club, says she wants to talk to lawmakers about not arming teachers. She also says that this will give students who want to see a change but don't know what to do, a voice. 

Click here to read a summary of the proposal lawmakers are discussing.