Florida governor signs compromise school safety bill

Florida governor signs compromise school safety bill

"The hardest thing I've ever had to do as governor is to try to find the words to console a parent who has lost their child", Scott said.

The legislation makes major changes to Florida gun laws, including imposing a three-day waiting period on the purchase of any firearm, boosting the minimum age to buy a gun in the state to 21 and banning the sale of bump stocks, a device meant to make semi-automatic rifles fire like automatic ones.

Although he signed the bill, Scott continued to be vocal about his dislike about one aspect of it - the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which permits some teachers and other school employees to carry firearms on school grounds after completing a training program under the direction of a sheriff's office.

The bill is not what numerous survivors of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, wanted, which was a blanket ban on assault weapons for the general public.

The governor's statement notes that the three-day waiting period includes exceptions for "the purchase of rifles and shotguns by law enforcement officers, correctional officers, active duty military members and all members of the Florida National Guard and United States Reserve Forces".

Chris Cox, Legislative director of the NRA-ILA went on to say that "Swift action is needed to prevent young adults in Florida from being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms". The new legislation raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21.

The bill is not what numerous shooting's survivors, or the school's students, wanted - they said it does not go far enough. The bill had bipartisan support, though the regulations included broke with Scott's longtime status as a favorite of the National Rifle Association.

Student activists from the school where the shooting took place, called it "a baby step".

The attorney for the family that took in Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz after his mother died says Cruz exchanged text messages with their son moments before opening fire.

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The 19-year-old was briefly in court as a Broward County judge ordered that Cruz remain in jail without bond on the 17 additional counts of attempted murder.

His arraignment is scheduled for next Wednesday.

In a court filing Thursday, Cruz declined to enter a plea to the charges made by the grand jury.

Hogg's mother, Rebecca Boldrick, says she contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week because threats against her family have continued to appear on Facebook.

Boldrick said she's taking the threats seriously but isn't letting them change her daily routine.

Authorities in Florida are releasing the panicked 911 calls related last month's deadly school shooting as a gun-control bill sits on the governor's desk. Calls came from students hiding in classrooms and parents who were getting calls and text messages from their children.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would consult with family of those killed in the Parkland shooting before signing the bill.

School system officials say their decision creates a safe environment for students to talk about what happened in Florida and what they want school staff to do. If he did nothing after 15 days, it automatically became law.

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