Candidate leads rally at Florida Capitol

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who’s a Democratic candidate for governor, led a rally of more than 1,000 in heavy rain on the Capitol steps in Florida.

He called for a ban on assault rifles and criticized the National Rifle Association for advocating to arm teachers.

Twenty buses from around the state brought protesters to the Capitol. They wore orange T-shirts that said #GunReformNow. One protester held a sign with an image from the movie “The Sixth Sense” with the words “I SEE DEAD PEOPLE … THANKS TO THE GOP AND NRA.” Other signs said, “Go Away NRA” and “Hey Lawmakers! Take the Pledge. No NRA Money.”