Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Florida governor expected to sign bill with new gun controls today

Florida governor expected to sign bill with new gun controls today

He buried his sister, and I buried my daughter. "Do we have a perimeter set up right now and everyone cleared out of the school?"

"It's nowhere near what we want, but it's progress and uplifting to see". The letter came a day after the Florida Legislature narrowly approved a sweeping gun and school safety bill, following a school shooting that killed 17 people. "This time must be different", he said. "I'm going to be an NRA member when I'm not governor", Scott said.

The bill overcame strenuous objections to provisions permitting school staff to carry guns on the job. Will this bill provide more funding to treat the mentally ill? The answer to all three is yes.

"He nearly got this guy, cause I know someone who saw it on video", Pollack said.

Hundreds of high school students occupy the steps of the State Capitol
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The $400 million package kindled political and ideological divisions for lawmakers already on edge after the heart-wrenching testimony from the shooting survivors and parents of the 14 slain students and three faculty members.

Scott has refused so far to say if he'll sign the bill. It also creates a so-called "guardian" program that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns. The bill left only non-teacher staff eligible to participate, such as administrators, guidance counselors, librarians and coaches. Many students view the Parkland shooting as part of inaction by lawmakers to curb access to guns. As a model, she cited a program in Florida's Polk County where teachers or other employees at two private universities have trained with the sheriff's office so they can carry concealed weapons on campus.

"We had to make a choice". It also gives law enforcement more power to seize weapons, prohibits the sale of "bump stocks" - devices that can be put on semi-automatic weapons to increase their rate of fire. I am hoping a lot of counties don't opt in, and I am hoping a lot of teachers also don't opt in.

Chris Grollnek, a former law enforcement officer who specializes in security issues, especially active shooter situations, said the timeline and radio transmissions show "what not to do" when confronting a mass shooter and indicate Peterson had inadequate training.

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Gun control supporters said the tragedy - the deadliest USA high school shooting ever - has given new momentum to firearms-safety measures pending in at least two dozen states, many in solidly conservative parts of the nation.

An NRA lobbyist has called the bill "a display of bullying and coercion" that violates the Second Amendment and punishes law-abiding citizens.

"At 18 years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for nearly all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights", said the lawsuit, which named Attorney General Pam Bondi and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen as defendants.

However, he then went on to voice his support for the divisive idea of arming school teachers as a preventive measure against future school shootings. And I know that many believe this bill has too much gun control. But, we should not insult or disparage each other.

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Student organizers issued a statement before the protest in which they criticized legislators for not doing enough to make them safe in schools. Nearly two minutes later, she replied that a perimeter needed to be set up around the school, the students needed to be evacuated and the area around the school shut down.

"This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done".

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