Florida Governor Signs Package Of New Gun Restrictions

		Students evacuate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla. on Feb. 14

"This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual", Chris Cox, the head of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, the nation's chief gun lobby.

The new law also bans the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, gives law enforcement greater power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit, and provides additional funding for armed school resource officers, reports CNN.

The man accused of killing 17 people when he opened fire inside a Florida high school has withdrawn his not guilty plea.

Rick Scott has signed a school safety bill passed by the Legislature in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month that killed 17 people.

Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said the system neither encourages nor endorses hundreds of students leaving the classroom to walk outside unsupervised and congregate in a small area at a predictable time.

Scott said he has asked lawmakers to redirect the $67 million set aside for the program - named in honor of the football coach who died protecting students - to instead be used to hire more officers. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said the same. "If there are school personnel that want to go to the training to help shield the students and protect them, they should have the opportunity", Latvala said.

The national anthem's messages have recently been exposed as racist, with several high schools banning it entirely, and I believe its messages of freedom are just as outdated.

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The parents accompanying Scott on Friday praised the governor and lawmakers for the unprecedented speed in passing the legislation, just three weeks after the February 14 massacre. It narrowly passed the House and Senate, and falls short of what he wanted and what survivors of the massacre demanded.

It also would create a so-called guardian program, enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school district agrees to participate.

Lawyers for the NRA want a federal judge to block the new age restriction from taking effect. "This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments".

The governor, who is expected to mount a U.S. Senate campaign to oust incumbent Democrat U.S. Bill Nelson, is in a tough spot, politically, after splitting with President Donald Trump and some Republicans over what should be done. It also seeks to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies. The governor can not veto individual items in the bill itself, but he does have line-item veto power with the budget.

Though the governor does not fully support the act of arming teachers, he signed the bill since it allows local communities to opt out.

Florida would join at least six other states - Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming - with laws allowing school employees to carry firearms in public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was among the 14 students killed, said he and other parents plan "on moving forward and hitting every other state to make sure they follow the lead of Florida".

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