>> The Florida Senate has rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons.>> We're asking to have a discussion about->> In a rare Saturday session, lawmakers debated the proposal prompted by last month's deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The debate at times grew contentious.
>> A lot of our constitutes back home wonder why we can't address guns.>> If I thought for one moment that if we banned assault weapons then all of these tragedies would end, you would have me. I would be with you. But are we gonna ban fertilizer, which is what they used in the Oklahoma bombing?
>> Senators voted 20 to 17 against the assault weapon ban. The amendment was attached to a wider school safety bill. Just two Repulicans crossed party lines to vote for the proposed ban, both are from Miami-Dade County. After the Senate rejected the proposal, several students from Stoneman Douglas took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
David Hogg, who has become one of the school's leading activists on gun safety, tweeted, elections are going to be fun! Lawmakers also voted for a measure to arm some teachers. The Senate is expected to take up the full legislation for a final vote on Monday.