Florida Senate Approves Gun Control Package, OKs Arming Some School Personnel

Florida Senate Approves Gun Control Package, OKs Arming Some School Personnel

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. Additionally, it would create what is being called a "school marshal" program that would allow specially trained teachers and other school workers, who are deputized by local law enforcement authorities, to carry guns to school.

Sources said that profits generated from such projects would go toward gun control advocacy efforts and the March For Our Lives later this month in D.C.

The debate covered 37 amendments filed by Democrats.

It was clear that senators were divided on the bill, and not just on party lines.

A Florida Quinnipiac poll released last week showed that 62% of Florida residents support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons and a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines.

"So what do we have before us today?"

Galvano said the legislation "empowers law enforcement" to seize and hold firearms from anyone held under the Baker Act for up to 24 hours or longer if they are able to obtain a risk protection order from a court. "This is why people are so fed up with politics". Democrats dislike the guardian program because it would allow for more guns in schools, and some Republicans have decried the gun control provisions. Would I want to see this go further?

"I understand their pain, the children", Pollack said.

"This is enough and we're not going to have your simple excuses or simple solution that you think is solving our problem".

Following the Senate vote, Stoneman Douglas student Jaclyn Corin tweeted: "This breaks my heart, but we will NOT let this ruin our movement".

The Florida Senate passed its school safety plan Monday evening meant to prevent another mass school shooting like the one that occurred in Parkland almost three weeks go. "The adults make the laws".

The Legislature's $400 million plan steers money to mental health screening and services and school hardening and includes funds to raze and rebuild the freshman building where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is charged with killing 17 people.

On Monday night, 22 bipartisan senators - including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. - signed on to similar legislation. The annual 60-day session is scheduled to end Friday.

The measure would also ensure that the school retains its current "A" grade under Florida's school grading system.

The Senate voted 20-18 Monday for the bill that's a response to the February 14 school shootings in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

"Sheriffs, in their respective counties, in person or by deputy, shall establish, if the sheriff so chooses, a Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program to aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises", the bill reads.



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