The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday seeking to block a Florida law that had just been signed by Gov. Rick Scott, prohibiting gun sales to anyone under the age 21. He has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature. Bump stocks are devices that can be attached to rifles to enable them to fire faster, turning a semi-automatic weapon into one that fires like an illegal automatic weapon.
Along with these measures, the bill would allow county sheriff's offices to establish the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, an initiative that would arm select school staff members. It is precisely because Cruz has mental health issues that he should have been denied a gun in the first place.
The legislation also excludes proposals to ban assault weapons like AR15 and other semiautomatic rifles.
The vote of 67-50 reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition.
Across the country, some students are expected to walk-out out of school Wednesday for 17 minutes to honor the 17 students killed February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
I personally struggle with the fact that the AR-15 military-style rifle used to kill 17 people in what was a heinous act of violence is at the same time a symbol of freedom America so desperately clutches to its chest. He then called for backup and for the school and a nearby intersection to be shut down.
Mom: "He said he's in one of the math classes".
The massacre is the deadliest school shooting to occur in the USA since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, five years ago. Many students view the Parkland shooting as part of inaction by lawmakers to curb access to guns.
But not all educators were supportive of the students. The sheriff also released a written timeline laying out how the radio calls correlated with what was seen on unreleased school security video.
Democrat member Joseph Geller described the guardian programme as a "poison pill" in an otherwise necessary bill.
Caller: "He text me ... and he said 'shot, shot shot. Mom".
Politico says legislators expect Scott to sign the bill.
At only 16, Jon Romano took a pump-action shotgun to his high school in NY and opened fire.
The expectation here is that the bill will pass exactly as it was sent from the Senate, which will allow Governor Rick Scott to get it on Wednesday.
"This bill is not ideal, and sadly it will not bring back the 17 lives lost in the horrific school shooting, but the safety of our children is not a political issue, it's simply the right thing to do", she said.
United States citizens must come to terms with the fact that their Second Amendment right to bear arms is literally backfiring.
The bill also raises the minimum gun purchasing age to 21, something President Donald Trump threw his weight behind after the shooting.
Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was among the 14 students killed, said he and other parents plan "on moving forward and hitting every other state to make sure they follow the lead of Florida".