Miami-Dade commission delays vote on six gun-control measures proposed for Congress, Legislature

Miami-Dade commissioners decided not to vote Tuesday on a late addition Commissioner Barbara Jordan made to the board meeting: six gun-control proposals, following last week’s mass shooting in Connecticut.

Jordan, a Democrat in a non-partisan post, sponsored six resolutions urging Congress and the Florida Legislature to take a variety of steps, ranging from reinstating a federal assault-weapons ban to allowing the county to keep a registry of privately owned guns.

Commissioner Lynda Bell, a Republican, asked for a deferral until the commission’s next meeting, in January, to digest Jordan’s proposals.

Separately, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican, said he and Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho are planning a joint effort to examine security in the Miami-Dade school district.

“It’s very difficult to guard against a madman who is willing to die at the end,” Gimenez acknowledged. “We want to make sure we do whatever we can at our facilities.”

Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo said the issue is particularly important as Miami-Dade prepares to rebuild schools, following a bond issue voters approved last month.

“A lot of our older schools are wide open,” he said.

Jordan’s six proposals urge: