ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Some people took to the streets Tuesday hoping to get a message out about gun control.
Orlando residents marched for two miles in the sweltering heat demanding the so called "No Fly, No Buy" legislation. The legislation would ban people on the "No Fly" and FBI terror list from buying a gun, something they say, could have prevented the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
Virginia Emblem has a 5 year old son and decided to march today. "He loves everyone, so with the tragedy happening it hits home with me. We need to get something done, even if it's baby steps, we need some kind of reform."
Another parent State Representative John Cortes says his 32-year-old son JP was invited to go to the club the night of the shooting, but had other plans instead. "If he would have went he would have been dead with his friends, their best buddies and live 4 doors away from each other."
State Senator Darren Soto and other lawmakers like Cortes are asking for a Special Session to make changes now. "Legislators must decide whether to ban known and suspected terrorists, those on the no fly list or on the FBI watch list from possessing firearms in the State of Florida."
Senator Soto says 46 letters from legislators were sent to the Secretary of State requesting a special session. "Now the Secretary must conduct a vote of all members of the Florida Senate and House of Rep on request of special sessions."
As people marched outside the offices of State Senator Andy Gardiner and State Rep. Mike Miller, many hope a vote takes place soon regarding a special session.
Senate President Gardiner released a statement saying, “I respect the rights of American citizens to peacefully protest and ask their government for a redress of grievances. Likewise, I respect the process initiated today to poll the membership of the Legislature to determine if three-fifths of the membership of the House and Senate support calling a special session to respond to the terrorist attack that recently took the lives of 49 of our neighbors here in the Orlando community.”
For my part, I will vote against a special session. The merits of restricting the ability of people on the no fly, or terror watch list from purchasing firearms deserves a full vetting to ensure the constitutional rights of all Americans are protected. The fact remains that absent federal action, Florida cannot pass a law to require the federal government to turn over sensitive information regarding investigations of terrorism.
I too am frustrated with the partisan bickering that so often paralyses Washington, but the fact remains that a special session of the Florida Legislature cannot take the place of leadership in Washington.
Given the facts before me and the absence of a viable legislative proposal, I will not support turning the Senate floor in to a campaign stop for those seeking higher office.”