TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.
About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a nearly eight-hour trip.
Fox 35 Reporter Brian Scott was on scene and says that bus loads of students arrived last night. They made it clear upon their arrival that they are going to make it very tough for lawmakers not to address the gun topic moving forward.
The students spent the night at a local civic center with a few of the lawmakers who are sponsoring their big push. They are expected to be on the front lawn this morning.
Despite their enthusiasm and determination, the students and their supporters aren't likely to get what they really want: a ban on AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles. Republican lawmakers are talking more seriously about some restrictions, but not a total ban.
Some restrictions could include raising the minimum age to purchase the weapon to 21 and creating a waiting period.
Just yesterday, the Florida state House voted down a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles, effectively killing the measure for this session.
Some information from the Associated Press