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

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The problem is lawmakers aren't exactly seeing eye to eye on what the right solutions are.

The Florida state senate briefly approved a two-year freeze on the sale of AR-15 assault rifles on Saturday - before overturning the measure 15 minutes after the initial vote.

The Florida Senate voted to name a program that will allow some teachers to carry guns in schools after an assistant high school football coach who was killed in a February school shooting.

"We know that force on force is a deterrent", Oliva told the House.

The moratorium was just one of several Democratic amendments to a package of bills ostensibly aimed at preventing another school massacre.

The bill includes $400 million in funding for schools to address mental health issues, the Herald reported.

The bill also increases to 21 the age for purchasing a gun and makes all gun buys subject to a three-day waiting period to allow for background checks to be completed.

"I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulation to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns".

The legislation in the Senate is in response to the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last month, in which Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire on students and staff with an AR-15 rifle.

The limitation, however, does not apply to classroom teachers of a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program or current service members; and current or former law enforcement officers, according to the bill.

After the Senate rejected the ban, Stoneman Douglas student Jaclyn Corin tweeted, "This breaks my heart, but we will not let this ruin our movement".

House Democrats filed 37 amendments to the legislation, with one after another killed after vigorous debate. They traveled by the busload to Tallahassee, meeting with lawmakers, chanting in hallways and protesting on the steps of the State Capitol in favor of stricter gun laws.

Seven Republicans opposed it, including some of the Legislature's staunchest gun-rights supporters.

Florida Sens., from left, Greg Steube, David Simmons, Bill Galvano and Randolph Bracy listen as Sen.

They watch their teachers and their friends die. Perry Thurston, chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, said.

But classroom teachers are excluded as participants unless they meet one of three narrow criteria - they are Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps instructors, serve in the USA military or are former police officers.

Yet the Trump-haters used this tragedy to malign the President and bash his idea of arming qualified Teachers. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami.

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