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Florida governor signs compromise school safety bill

Florida governor signs compromise school safety bill

The bill bans "bump stocks", which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly; imposes a three-day waiting period on all gun sales; and increases the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21, with exceptions for military and law-enforcement members. The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian program was named in honor of the coach who gave his life by shielding students with his body.

The bill is not what numerous shooting's survivors, or the school's students, wanted - they said it does not go far enough.

Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican and one of the main sponsors of the legislation, says he expects Scott will sign it.

"I realized after Parkland that no change is going to happen unless the people who are in these schools - teachers and students - actually do something", Morse senior Eli Goodrich told The Times Record.

Lawyers for the NRA want a federal judge to block the new age restriction from taking effect. It would also 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.

But it marked, for a Republican governor, a rare break with the National Rifle Association. If the bill is not vetoed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, it would represent a win for survivors, who, in recent weeks, have mobilized and applied pressure on lawmakers to effect change.

The 17-minute walkout is meant to protest gun violence in schools and honor the 17 people killed in a February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The NRA insisted that the measure "punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual". He also backed a plan to arm teachers and do away with gun-free zones on school campuses.

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In schools, the measure creates new mental health programs and establishes an anonymous tip line for reporting threats.

The Broward County Teachers Union tweeted, "Kudos to [Superintendent Robert] Runcie & Board Members [Rosalind] Osgood & [Abby] Freedman for talking to MSD students after Betsy DeVos visited, but didn't have time for them".

The couple is "trying to do the right thing" and is mourning along with the rest of the Parkland community, Lewis said.

He cannot veto individual items in the bill itself, but can does have line-item veto power with the budget. Ms Fusco said she expects Mr Scott to sign the bill.

Even before lawmakers approved the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, school boards were already debating whether to participate in any school marshal program.

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was indicted on Wednesday on 17 counts of murder and 17 more of attempted murder, the state attorney's office said.

"[The NRA] wanted this bill to fail because they know that if we leave here with gun control, this will be a wind behind the sails of those kids as they march into Washington, D.C.", said Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, a graduate of Stoneman Douglas. In a brief hearing Friday, he stood with his head bowed as he appeared via video conference. A spokeswoman said he will make the decision if the proposal reaches his desk.

The new legislation allows the arming of some public school personnel, although classroom teachers are exempted.


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