The NRA Issues Response To New Florida Gun Laws

Nikolas Cruz appears in court in Fort Lauderdale Fla. Mike Stocker  AP

Nikolas Cruz appears in court in Fort Lauderdale Fla. Mike Stocker AP

The complaint also says the law violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause by banning adults between 18 and 21 from buying guns but does not apply such a ban to adults 21 and over. Using radio traffic, 911 calls and security video, it details officers' inability to communicate with each other and confusion as they tried to locate the shooter, later identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. The organization also contends federal law already prevents many Americans 21 or younger from buying certain types of guns. Families of the shooting victims wrote a letter to the House legislators on Tuesday, urging them to pass the gun package.

The Republican has not indicated whether he would veto the law, but he has previously expressed opposition to US President Donald Trump's call to arm teachers. The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian program was named in honor of the coach who gave his life by shielding students with his body.

The bill overcame strenuous objections to provisions permitting school staff to carry guns on the job.

He said he is signing the legislation because it makes schools safer and singled out two fathers whose children were killed, saying they walked the halls of the Legislature since the shooting to enact change.

"I've heard all the arguments for teachers to be armed and while this bill was significantly changed on this topic, I'm still not persuaded", he said. "I'm glad, however, the plan is not mandatory, which means it be up to local elected officials".

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said he was asked to stay in Tallahassee in order to meet with Scott on Friday.

"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. "So I just say thank you".

"It's nowhere near what we want, but it's progress and uplifting to see".

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Florida would join at least six other states - Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming - with laws allowing school employees to carry firearms in public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It also revived a contentious national debate on gun control.

The new measures come in the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. "It doesn't include key components like expanding universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and it doesn't even accomplish what Scott himself said he would do".

Rick Scott signed a gun control bill on Friday (March 9) that aims to ensure school safety throughout the state.

The bill will automatically become law in 15 days, unless he vetoes it.

The legislation also allows for the arming of public school personnel subject to specialist training, however, this would not include classroom teachers.

Scott says he wants to take his time and talk to the affected families.

Sharon Nesvig, the communications director for the Florida Education Association, said the group was very disappointed with the governor. "After multiple gun shots you would have to know where the shots were coming from", said the head of the Broward County Sheriff's Deputies Association Jeff Bell.

"Rather than banning specific weapons, we need to ban specific people from having any weapon", he said. "And there's a bill before us that is not ideal", she said.

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