Orlando feels the impact of the Las Vegas mass shooting, Pulse owner files plans for a temporary memorial, a Florida gun shop's YouTube account is shut down and other things you may have missed this week.
Orlando rings church bells in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims:
The minutes felt like hours as the bells of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando tolled for the 58 people killed in the Las Vegas massacre. More than a year ago, the same bells rang 49 times, once for each person killed by a single gunman in Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse. Aside from the dead, more than 500 people were injured last week in Las Vegas after a gunman shot from his 32nd-floor window at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a group of about 22,000 people enjoying a country music festival.
Orlando lawmakers push for assault weapons ban after Las Vegas:
Orlando lawmakers and gun reform activists rallied outside the Orange County courthouse last week to renew the push for a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. State Sen. Linda Stewart and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, both Orlando Democrats, filed similar bills last session with the support of many Pulse survivors and victims' families, but their legislation did not get a hearing in committee. Pro-gun advocates in the state Legislature say banning assault weapons would infringe on the rights of people who follow the law. With a Republican-led state Legislature, Stewart and Smith aren't naive to the fact that their bills are likely to fail – but at the least, they want a public discussion in Tallahassee and a vote recording every lawmaker's position.
Pulse owner files plans for temporary memorial at nightclub site:
Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma and the OnePulse Foundation have filed plans for a temporary memorial at the site of the mass shooting. The interim memorial would include a new, more durable fence around the perimeter, with tribute murals; lighted benches and enhanced seating; landscape improvements; and an encasement that secures the Pulse sign, according to documents filed with the City of Orlando. The plans also include a steel wall with small holes where people can leave tributes.
Florida gun shop owner who banned Muslims is banned from YouTube:
Surprise! Or not, if you've read YouTube's community guidelines. Florida Gun Supply was banned from YouTube reportedly for hate speech after the Inverness store's owner, Andy Hallinan, said he planned to ban all Muslims from shopping there two years ago. In a Facebook comment, the store claims to have "no idea" why they were banned. After declaring the store a "Muslim-free" zone, Hallinan was sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for religious discrimination, though the suit was later tossed out by a federal court after a judge ruled Hallinan's comments were protected under the First Amendment.