Florida legislators, however, were feeling the pressure from student activists begging them to take action in the wake of the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Bondi also lauded the students of Stoneman Douglas, many of whom have called for tougher gun laws. "We love tourists, new residents and the Second Amendment, " he said at the April NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
The Parkland gunman "gave repeated warning signs that were ignored by federal and state officials".
Approximately 76% of gun owners who are not members of the NRA said they'd support raising the minimum age for buying a high-capacity semi-automatic rifle like an AR-15 from 18 to 21.
The signing marked a major victory for the teens who lived through the attack and swiftly became the public faces of a renewed gun-control movement. For many families, Nolte said, it's just like any other weekend sports event.
These changes in state law are modest, yet they are sound, warranted and responsive to the outcry led by students, teachers and parents from Parkland - distress echoed by what polls suggest is a majority of Floridians who favor reasonable, constitutional limits on rapid-fire weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
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Foes of the new law have spoken out.
"Will this bill make a huge investment and dramatically improve school safety, in the hopes of never seeing another tragedy like this again?" Donna Corbett, a Democrat on the school board in southern Indiana's New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation, said she never heard about $65,000 that went to a JROTC program at one of the high schools. "This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves, and get it done", he said.
Student activists from the school where the shooting took place followed the bill's track closely and called it "a baby step".
"We are happy and ready to keep working!", said junior Connor Dietrich.
"It's nowhere near the long-term solution".
It includes $400 million to increase funding for school resource officers, mental health programs in schools, metal detectors and bullet-resistant windows in schools and for new child welfare investigators.
The suit asked the court to block the state from enforcing the law.
Senate Bill 7026 raises the required age from 18 to 21 and allows some teachers to carry guns in schools, a plan backed by President Trump. Scott had expressed hesitancy over whether he would sign the bill.
Counties opting out of the provision to arms teachers could redirect those funds to hire more school officers, Scott said.