Florida Democrats fail in bid for special session after nightclub shooting

Democrats fail in bid for special session.

Democrats fail in bid for special session.

An effort by state House and Senate Democrats to force a special session on gun access following the Orlando nightclub massacre ended Tuesday short of its needed goal.

Democrats had until noon to seek support from 60 percent of the Republican-controlled House and Senate for a special session to ban people on the federal “no-fly” or terrorist watch list from obtaining weapons.

In the 120-member House, voting ‘no’ were 72 members — all Republicans, except for Democratic Reps. Katie Edwards of Plantation and Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda of Tallahassee.

Thirty-four Democrats voted ‘yes,’ joined by Republican Reps. Shawn Harrison of Tampa and Mike Miller of Orlando, whose office is just down the street from the Pulse nightclub where the tragedy occurred.

The 40-member Senate was more closely divided. Seventeen senators, all Republicans, were opposed while 14 voted in support of the special session. One Republican, Sen. Anitere Flores of Miami, joined 13 Democrats in supporting the session.


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