For a second day, a Florida legislative committee rejected a ban on assault weapons in the state that has had more mass shootings than any other.

The vote followed emotional pleas from a Parkland parent who's a friend of Gina Montalto, a 14-year-old girl who was one of the 17 victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday rejected a proposal to outlaw the sale and possession of about 200 specific types of semi-automatic rifles.

The vote was 18 to 11. Eighteen Republicans voted no; 10 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Bill Hager of Boca Raton, voted yes.

Speakers who urged support for a ban represented the city of Miami, Florida PTA, League of Women Voters, Equality Florida and Faith in Public Life, a group that said it speaks for about 300 pastors.

"This is your opportunity. The world is watching," said Amber Hersh, a Parkland resident and friend of the Montalto family.

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, who proposed a ban after the Pulse nightclub massacre in June 2016.

Tuesday's vote followed a 7 to 6 vote to reject a similar ban Monday by the Senate Rules Committee.

The Republican-controlled panel also voted down a Democratic amendment that would remove a program to arm teachers in Florida. That vote was 18 to 9.