......a political committee to get the assault-weapons ban on the 2020 ballot. The committee—called Ban Assault Weapons Now, or BAWN—aims to ban the future sale of semiautomatic assault rifles throughout Florida. With guidance from Parkland’s Democratic Representative Ted Deutch, Schwartz has gathered a team of professional political strategists and Floridians directly affected by gun violence, including both the Parkland and Pulse shootings. The group also has a rare advantage—bipartisan support.
BAWN has partnered with the prominent Republican donor Al Hoffman and his gun-control-advocacy organization, Americans for Gun Safety Now!, which is made up almost entirely of Republicans who support an assault-weapons ban. They have now formed a coalition, Do Something Florida! Under their division of labor, BAWN will handle the gathering of petition signatures needed to get on the ballot, and Americans for Gun Safety Now! will direct an education and advocacy campaign arguing the need for an assault-weapons ban.