Florida governor expected to sign bill with new gun controls today

Florida governor expected to sign bill with new gun controls today

It was greeted hours later by a federal lawsuit from the National Rifle Association.

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period on weapons sales.

Governor Scott signed the bill surrounded by Parkland students and families.

But, in a complaint filed Friday, the pro-Second Amendment organization said the government was violating the rights of thousands of its citizens with the measure.

The bill's passage by a Republican-controlled legislature in a state where the NRA wields considerable influence is seen as a testament to an impassioned pro-gun control campaign launched by young survivors of the shooting and parents of the victims. The new legislation raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21. He says Florida "passed a lot of very good legislation last night". Trump also said the White House is working on a plan to ban bump stocks, and efforts to enhance background checks were "moving along well" in Congress.

"There will not be enough funding ... to actually fund a law enforcement officer in every school", the superintendents said. It also would create a so-called guardian program, enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.

Flanked by parents of some of the victims of the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Scott thanked the families of the victims and praised legislators for swiftly passing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (SB 7026) just weeks after the shooting at the Broward County school left 17 dead.

Florida governor expected to sign bill with new gun controls today
Florida governor expected to sign bill with new gun controls today

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died, called the new law "a start for us". "What we did here in Florida is incredible - a bipartisan bill in three weeks, and we did it".

Florida lawmakers head into their final day of the 2018 legislative session with work still to be done and questions waiting to be answered. "Let's harden the schools and make sure this never happens again". Marion Hammer, the NRA's Florida lobbyist, called the bill "a display of bullying and coercion".

Critics have said arming school staff only heightens the risks of gun violence, and poses a particular risk to minority students, who they said were more likely to be shot in the heat of a disciplinary situation or if mistaken as an intruder.

I am thankful that the Governor and the Florida Legislature have taken quick action to make changes that directly impact student safety and the mental health crisis that we face in our community, and communities across Florida.

Cruz confessed to the shooting after his arrest and was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 34 charges, including 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The $400 million school-safety package includes money for early mental-health screening and services, school resource officers, school-hardening grants, and $25 million to raze and rebuild the freshman building where the shooting spree occurred.

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.

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