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Florida Dem vows to introduce assault weapons ban in Congress next week

Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchDems damp down hopes for climate change agenda House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Reporter tops lawmakers to win charity spelling bee MORE (D-Fla.) on Wednesday said he intends to introduce legislation next week to ban assault weapons. 

Ryan Schachter, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School whose brother was killed in last week’s shooting there, asked Deutch during a CNN town hall event what he would do to ensure he will be safe at school.

“We’re going to introduce legislation to make sure that assault weapons are illegal in every part of this country,” Deutch said, prompting applause from the audience. Deutch was referring to legislation from Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineBustos announces bid to become fourth-ranking Dem next year Democrat launches bid for assistant leader Hillicon Valley: Manafort to cooperate with Mueller probe | North Korea blasts US over cyber complaint | Lawmakers grill Google over China censorship | Bezos to reveal HQ2 location by year's end MORE (D-R.I.) that has dozens of Democratic cosponsors.

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He said he supports local law enforcement and school staff to provide as much security and comfort as needed to make sure students feel safe.

"But beyond that, the best way for us to show that is to take action in Washington, in Tallahassee, to get these weapons of war off of our streets," Deutch said.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have spoken out in recent days after a gunman opened fire in their school on Feb. 14. The students have called on lawmakers to enact legislation that would curb gun violence and prevent school shootings.

Some have called for a ban on assault weapons after an AR-15 was used in last week's shooting and several previous mass shootings.

Other lawmakers have proposed raising the minimum age requirement to purchase certain firearms. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump GOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Fla.) expressed support Wednesday for such a proposal.

The White House hosted a listening session earlier Wednesday to gather feedback from parents, students and family members with a connection to past school shootings, including survivors of the Florida shooting.