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Florida gun control bill stops short of assault rifle ban

Florida gun control bill stops short of assault rifle ban

"We want to ensure that all students feel safe and respected, no matter what they choose to do", the email said. Among other things, the legislation raises the legal age for gun purchases to 21, institutes a waiting period of three days, and allows for the arming of school personnel who are not full-time teachers. Do we allow the children to tell us that we should pass a law that says, "No homework"?

Falmouth High students who participate in the walkout will assemble on the school's front lawn, where they will plant flowers in the memorial garden.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died, called the new law "a start for us". And we have the experience.

The letter came a day after the state Legislature narrowly approved a sweeping gun and school safety bill, filed in response to the Parkland high school massacre that killed 17 people. Eighty-one calls were made in 73 minutes.

Someone called from inside the school and whispered to the dispatcher.

"I'm sorry, I can't hear you", the operator says. That said, I am concerned with a provision in the bill that provides for the ability of a school "guardian" to aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises.

In another call, a fraught grandmother can be heard telling the dispatcher, "my granddaughter is texting me saying there is a shooter please call 911. she says she is scared". "Having now been indicted by the grand jury, the defendant Nikolas Cruz withdraws that filing and stands mute to the changes pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.170 (c) (2018)", the withdrawal statement reads, WFTS-TV in Tampa reported.

Florida lawmakers approved the legislation earlier this week with the state House voting 67-50 to approve the bill and the state Senate passing it by a 20-18 vote.

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Students at Girard High School were also going to take part, but school officials now say they are working on plans for another way to take part without walking out of class.

Scott, surrounded by families of the victims, recounted the grief visited on his state in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland and, in 2016, the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale Airport.

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The NRA focused its criticism on the age-based gun ban and new waiting periods. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the money set aside for the guardian program.

Cruz has been charged 17 counts of first-degree murder, which could mean a death sentence if he is convicted.

The recordings detail the initial commotion over events as Nikolas Kruz, 19, began his assault on students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle.

The bill signed Friday falls short of what Scott and the shooting's survivors wanted.

No date was set for an arraignment, at which Cruz will be allowed to enter a plea, said Constance Simmons, a spokeswoman for the Broward County state attorney's office.


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