Ted Deutch, Matt Gaetz trade barbs during assault weapon ban debate

A House debate over a bill banning assault weapons triggered a verbal exchange between two members of the Florida delegation Wednesday, with both invoking a trial happening 1,000 miles away.

Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch took aim at Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz’s contention that gun-free zones were to blame for attacks on soft targets like the one that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. A jury is currently considering whether the shooter should face life imprisonment or execution for the carnage.

“That this defense could possibly be used on this day — when the families of

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