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Democratic lawmakers in Florida failed to achieve enough votes to force a special legislative session to consider “gun violence.”

The lawmakers failed to achieve the mandatory super-majority of 60%, according to the Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd’s office.

Twenty percent of the legislature filed certificates calling for the session with Byrd’s office.

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Sixteen Democrats in the Senate voted for the special session. Five Republicans opposed it. Forty-one Democrats in the House voted for the session, and 14 Republicans opposed it.

Many Republicans simply ignored the vote.

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The lawmakers had until 3 p.m. Friday to cast their vote.

In a letter to Byrd calling for the special “gun violence” session. State Rep. Joseph Geller, D-Aventura, said there will be continued violence unless “concrete action was taken over weapons.”

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