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For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2018
Media Contact:
Rona Bellamy
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Commissioner Jordan backs assault weapons ban


MIAMI GARDENS – The Miami-Dade County Commission on Feb. 21 unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Barbara Jordan urging Congress to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban, and urging the Florida Legislature to impose a state ban on assault weapons or lift the preemption on local governments’ regulation of assault weapons to allow local governments to impose an assault weapons ban. The resolution, which passed by a 9-0 vote, also asks for more background checks, imposing a waiting period for purchases, and raising the age restriction to 21 for gun ownership.

“The recent tragedy in Parkland has put this issue back in the spotlight, but I’ve been sponsoring legislation to address this crisis in our community almost every year. We need to lift the restrictions that limit us and ban these assault weapons from Miami-Dade County,” Commissioner Jordan said.