Gun Memorial

A divided House committee Thursday approved a Memorial to Congress, urging them not to take any gun ownership rights away from Floridians.

Approved mostly along party lines, GOP lawmakers say the measure puts Congress on notice the state will refuse to ban assault weapons, large ammunition clips, or any other weapons ban until the issue has been fully litigated.

Sponsor Neil Combee, a Republican from Polk County, says the legislature will ultimately decide what constitutes an infringement.

"What would be proposed could be coming down from Washington. I don't know but the point is it's something that we will take seriously and challenge anything just goes too far," said Combee.

Opponents say the Memorial sets up a constitutional battle that could force the US Supreme Court to choose between the Constitutions tenth amendment which guarantees states rights and the second amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms.