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Broward voters could see straw poll on assault rifle ban

Broward voters could see straw poll on assault rifle ban
Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 19:00:00-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Some officials in a Florida county where a school shooting left 17 people dead were considering a referendum to ban assault weapons but they feared possible fines and the state's power to overturn it.

So instead, they will ask Broward County commissioners to add a straw vote to the ballot. A straw vote would give voters a voice but wouldn't be binding.

Several students from Fort Lauderdale High School and a handful of other Broward residents spoke in favor of banning assault rifles at Friday's Charter Review Commission meeting. A county attorney cautioned against a referendum. Others in favor of a ban feared such a move by the county would be overturned by the state and possibly bring a hefty fine.

State law prohibits local governments from passing gun restrictions.

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