Florida senate implements stronger gun controls

Florida Governor Rick Scott

As amended in the Senate bill, classroom teachers would be excluded from carrying guns to work unless they are part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, or are members of the U.S. military or former police officers.

Few, if any, senators were completely happy with the legislation.

As per the new legislation, the minimum age limit to purchase a rifle has been raised to 21 from 18 - and, if someone is looking to purchase a firearm, they will have to experience a waiting period of a minimum of three days, with some exceptions.

The effort to establish a school marshal program, allowing school districts to work with sheriff's offices to deputize specially trained teachers who volunteer to carry weapons has emerged as a flashpoint between the Legislature's ruling Republicans and Democrats, joined by teachers' union allies.

Florida Sens., from left, Greg Steube, David Simmons, Bill Galvano and Randolph Bracy listen as Sen.

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on February 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, offered an amendment that would exclude from the program "individuals who exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers". He's been jailed since the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he was once a student. These true American Heroes used their bodies to shield their beloved students and engaged the shooter while unarmed. Parents of the victims of the Valentine's Day shooting at the school read a prepared statement, calling on the state's Legislature to pass a bill they believe will improve school security.

The Florida Senate voted 20-18 on the bill of arming high school teachers.

Petty's 14-year old-daughter Alaina was killed in the Feb 14 shooting, along with 13 schoolmates and three staff members.

The Broward County school's students would still be allowed to take various tests if they wanted.

Hoyer, speaking to reporters, also called for votes on assault weapon restrictions, broader gun-sale background checks and banning "bump stocks" that can increase the firing capacity of a weapon.

Also, an amendment to remove a provision to train and arm some teachers failed.

The bill (HB 7055) containing the new $41 million voucher program barely edged out of the Florida Senate as four Republicans sided with all but one Democrat in fierce opposition to the legislation. Trump also has backed more controversial ideas, including increasing the minimum age for the purchase of assault weapons from 18 to 21, which is opposed by the NRA, and arming certain teachers, which the gun lobby supports.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran told members that he was not sure if legislators will be forced to extend the session past Friday or hold a special session dedicated to the budget.

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