Bucking the NRA, Florida governor signs landmark gun-control bill


Thanks in part to decades of aggressive lobbying by the National Rifle Association, the state is seen as a laboratory for pro-gun regulations, such as the "stand your ground" laws and lax concealed-carry rules.

The NRA asserted that the law was a particularly egregious violation of the rights of young women, who they contended "pose a relatively slight risk of perpetrating a school shooting such as the one that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or, for that matter, a violent crime of any kind".

The marshal program, which was renamed the "guardian program", was one of three objections opponents used to try to kill the bill.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been inundated by emails and phone calls from opponents and supporters of the measure, which does not include an assault-weapons ban.

A Florida judge has ordered that the suspect in a deadly school shooting rampage continue to be held without bond.

Survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School welcomed the new law with caution.

"We will review the lawsuit", said John Tupps, a spokesman for the governor, a Republican who has supported gun rights. The last text was "Yo" from Cruz at 2:18 p.m. He is also charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

But JROTC leaders say few students ultimately enlist in the military, and the primary goal is to teach students skills like discipline and leadership. A hospital spokeswoman said 15-year-old Anthony Borges' condition became critical overnight.

His family's attorney hasn't responded to a request for information. The student has filed notice that he will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.

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"(Scott) put his hand on a bible and took an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution", Hammer said in a telephone interview Friday.

The law, known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, tightens gun control in several ways but also allows some teachers to be armed.

Trump spoke Thursday at a Cabinet meeting. Florida hasn't passed any legislation like this in God knows how long.

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period on weapons sales.

The bill signed Friday falls short of what Scott and the shooting's survivors wanted. "It's nowhere near the long-term solution", said Chris Grady, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High. Pollack says other family members are also being asked to travel to the state Capitol.

The school safety bill, which has been signed by the state's governor, raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and bans bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire.

Many Democrats voted against the bill due to a controversial provision creating a program that allows superintendents and sheriffs to arm some school personnel, following the argument that gun-free zones prevent people from defending themselves against a shooter.

Scott said a line-item veto of the provision would have eliminated funds available for the hiring additional school officers this year.

Governor Scott told the students: "You helped change our state".