Florida Senate scales back provision on teachers carrying guns

Florida Governor Rick Scott

In response to citizen's outcry to reexamine Florida's gun laws, the Florida Senate convened on Saturday, March 3 to vote on SB 7026.

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

Schenone said Scott "still has concerns that the bill includes a three-day waiting period".

But the plan doesn't ban assault-style weapons, something most Stoneman Douglas students have demanded. "In my experience, eventually some pro-gun legislator in (Tallahassee) will decide that enough school boards didn't pass this arming teachers program, and they'll step up and make legislation to make it mandatory".

Should this bill pass, bump-fire stocks will also be prohibited in the state of Florida.

Florida's Republican-controlled Senate has taken tentative steps towards gun control following the recent high school massacre in the state.

The Senate amended its school safety bill Monday to limit which teachers could volunteer to go through law enforcement training and carry guns in schools.

Other school personnel would be able to participate, however.

The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" gives the police more power to seize weapons from people deemed mentally unfit. These true American Heroes used their bodies to shield their beloved students and engaged the shooter while unarmed.

House and Senate Republican leaders are at a stalemate over how the state should pay hospitals that treat Medicaid patients.

The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers, weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in USA history.

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

"The mentality that we take what we can get and come back next year and fight for more, I'm sorry".

Gov. Rick Scott, who was in Puerto Rico at the time the Senate passed the bill Monday evening, has repeatedly said he does not want armed teachers in schools, something that black lawmakers as a bloc also oppose.

"A lot of districts like Miami-Dade and Broward County are not going to take part in it".

Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a former Parkland city commissioner, ended the eight hours of debate with an emotional account of seeing the high school after the shooting, attending victims' funerals and working with students and families while the House was forming the legislation.

Scott has made no secret that he opposes any plan to arm teachers, known as the "school marshall program" in both the Senate and House.

McCarthy, the second most-powerful Republican in the House, did not outline any other legislation the chamber might consider that are urged by gun control groups, such as raising the minimum age for buying semi-automatic rifles or banning them altogether. But Book said she couldn't let the legislative session end Friday without doing something.

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