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NRA Sues To Block Brand-New Gun Law In Florida

NRA Sues To Block Brand-New Gun Law In Florida

Gov. Rick Scott will meet Friday with the families of victims of last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, raising expectations that he will sign into law a sweeping school-safety measure that sparked veto requests from critics on both ends of the gun-control spectrum.

The law raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21 - a move opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group - bans modification devices that make a semi-automatic weapon fully automatic and increases mental health funding.

Still, the survivors of the Florida shooting welcomed the new legislation.

"Now, this is not a popular thing to say, in terms of the NRA". But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18.

"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?" Since nearly immediately after the Parkland shooting, the president has advocated arming some teachers as a solution to stopping future massacres.

The White House has repeatedly pushed back the date for delivering its formal recommendations. The program is voluntary, and qualified staff members who want to carry a gun must take 144 hours of training.

Officials in Ogden School District weren't aware of any planned demonstrations as of Tuesday, said spokesman Jer Bates, but "we definitely are aware there's student interest, so we're gauging it closely".




The bill, sponsored by Markey, would encourage states to adopt gun licensing standards similar to those in MA, according to a statement from the mayor's office.

"I understand the angst about the guardian program but I can't help but think about the coaches who literally ran in as shields to protect their students ... while guys with guns were standing outside", said Republican member Chris Latvala.

Scott wants more school resource officers instead of teachers with guns.

It also includes a provision requiring Florida Teacher Unions to go through a re-certification process if their membership levels fall beneath a certain level. The Parkland parents and students were instrumental in the passage of Florida's first gun restrictions in almost two decades, said Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Coral Springs Democrat who graduated from Douglas High and served on the Parkland city commission.

Lastly, the administration wants to better integrate mental health, primary care and family services programs, and the president has ordered a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, he said.

On Wednesday, a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale formally charged 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

"The president is determined to get to the root of the various societal issues that lead to violence in our country, " Bremberg said.


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