Marcha 23, 2018

Gov. Scott signs compromise gun control bill

11 Marcha 2018, 09:44 | Martinez Canez

“High school students protest against gun violence and for gun law reform,” Fibonacci Blue

“High school students protest against gun violence and for gun law reform,” Fibonacci Blue

The measure, a response to the shootings at a Parkland high school that left 17 dead, is supported by the victims' families.

"I'm dumbfounded. We are going to have to go into our general fund to meet this mandate", said Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna, who is looking at a $700,000 difference between what the state will give him for the resource officer/guardian requirement and the actual cost to hire more deputies. "There are just no words". Republicans in the Senate and House repeatedly turned aside Democratic bids to add those provisions to the bill.

The Florida House passed a school safety bill Wednesday that includes new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers, sending the measure to the governor for his signature.

Who says high school students don't receive a solid public education these days?

Dispatcher: "I'm sorry, I can't hear you. I'm glad, however, the plan is not mandatory, which means it be up to local elected officials". The Republicans also fought strongly on allocating more funds to arming of school security officers.

Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students hid alone in a classroom, petrified as the sound of gunfire overtook the 1200 Building, according to a recording of a 911 call made during the February 14 mass shooting at the Parkland school. "You didn't let up and you fought until there was change".

Next, Scott was asked if he should have first advised lawmakers of what he would be willing to sign, in part so parents wouldn't get their hopes up that any bill out of the Legislature would be approved.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I think I hear gunshots.

"We have paid a bad price for this progress".

Law professor Ken Simons of the University of California, Irvine said school staff could be sued for their actions defending against a shooter if poor aim or a ricochet accidentally wounds or kills an innocent student.

On the other side of the aisle, the new regulations on purchasing firearms - the first gun restrictions approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in almost two decades - divided the GOP caucus.

The legislation also excludes proposals to ban assault weapons like AR15 and other semiautomatic rifles.

The NRA insisted that the measure "punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual".

Claiming violations of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit challenging a freshly signed Florida law increasing the age limit of purchasing a gun to 21. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the funding. The law's controversial "guardian program" will allow some school employees and teachers to carry handguns with law enforcement training and if a school district agrees to participate in the program. The program is voluntary, and qualified staff members who want to carry a gun must take 144 hours of training.

Although gun-control supporters have used the Florida shooting as an example of the need to restrict gun ownership and challenge the lobbying might of the National Rifle Association, Schwartz described a consensus at Blue Oak that its ceremony should stress children's safety rather than politics. We call on more states, to follow Florida's lead, and create meaningful legislation to make all schools safer.

She said she wants Scott to veto the money for the guardian program when he receives the budget. "Our teachers and other school employees are ready to fiercely defend our students but none of them should ever have to choose between shepherding students to safety or confronting an armed assailant where they are sure to draw fire towards the very students they are trying to protect", Joanne McCall, president of the teachers' union, wrote in a letter to the governor.

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