Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Florida passes law that allows some school staff to be armed

Florida passes law that allows some school staff to be armed

Senate Bill 7026, also called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, raises the required age for purchasing a firearm from 18 to 21 and bans the sale and possession of bump stocks among other gun control measures, CNN reported.

Gun stores across the state of Florida expected to see declines in sales after the signing of the new gun control bill in reaction to the school shooting in Parkland.

Hours after Scott signed the bill into law, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legislation.

As for schools, it would create a so-called guardian program enabling school staffers with law enforcement training and school district approval to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Student David Hogg, a senior who survived the shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, hit out at both the NRA and Mr Trump.

Most classroom teachers are excluded from volunteering for the program, a compromise aimed at earning the support of the governor, and many lawmakers, who opposed the idea.

"I need my teachers to teach". "Three shot in her room".

"This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments", the lawsuit says. The governor publicly supported the bill but was mainly concerned with the act of arming teachers.

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Gun control supporters said the tragedy - the deadliest USA high school shooting ever - has given new momentum to firearms-safety measures pending in at least two dozen states, many in solidly conservative parts of the nation.

"The bill is far too comprehensive for the governor to let a few provisions prevent the positive changes this bill embodies", Galvano said.

White House aides said Monday the President was focusing on achievable options, after facing significant opposition from lawmakers on a more comprehensive approach. Still, the legislation passed when enough lawmakers were able to put aside what they didn't like in the bill for the good they believe was contained in it.

Florida Democrats unsuccessfully tried to add an amendment to the bill banning assault weapons.

"My precious daughter Meadow's life was taken, and there's nothing I can do to change that".

"The reason it did not pass - make no mistake about it - wasn't because of the absolute over the top, Herculean effort on behalf of the House to fix that problem", Corcoran said after the session ended. The excerpts show a deputy on school grounds first thought the loud bangs were firecrackers, then realized they were gunshots - yet he never ran toward them.

Congress tried to respond after the 2012 massacre of young schoolchildren in CT with dozens of gun-safety bills, but the NRA stood in the way, blocking all of them.

Nikolas Cruz, the accused gunman charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the Parkland shooting, was 18 years old when he legally purchased the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the massacre, according to authorities. Prosecutors have not announced a decision. "If I veto the funding for this program now, this funding can not be used for additional law enforcement officers this year".

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