ST PETERSBURG —The crusade for greater gun safety continued in Tampa Bay on Tuesday as impassioned students sought to revise Florida's Constitution to do what the governor and Florida Legislature won't.
"This is not a Second Amendment issue. This is not a partisan issue," said St. Petersburg High student Nicole Leary, calling the banning of military-style semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines common sense. Today's students hear a fire alarm and know it's time to listen for gun shots, she said, but politicians won't take ban weapons of war because "they are infected with blood money from the NRA," she said.
The Constitution Revision Commission is formed every two decades to consider changes to the state Constitution to be considered by voters. Hundreds of people filed into an auditorium at USF St. Petersburg for the commission's final public hearing.
The 37-member commission is considering 36 proposals, ranging from term limits for school board members to reducing local control over charter school. The gun control proposals have cropped up since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High In Parkland.
State lawmakers voted to require a three-day waiting period for all firearm purchases and restrict purchases to people at least 21, but rejected calls for more significant restrictions that enjoy broad public support.
"Why should we have to go to a commission that meets only every 20 years when our Legislature meets every year?" lamented Freedom High student Brianna Auker at a news conference organized by the Democratic-leaning League of Women voters before the hearing.