Florida shooting: NRA sues as Florida enacts gun-control law

  • Florida shooting: NRA sues as Florida enacts gun-control law

Florida shooting: NRA sues as Florida enacts gun-control law

More than 60 GOP lawmakers with "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association (NRA) voted for a sweeping school safety bill in Florida that raised the minimum age required to purchase a rifle to 21 and banned bump stocks.

Other provisions of the law include banning the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, giving law enforcement greater power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit, and additional funding for armed school resource officers.

The bill triggered an angry response from the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun-owners' group that spends millions in lobbying and donations to U.S. lawmakers.

For some shooting survivors who demanded an assault weapons ban, the measure didn't go far enough.

"Today should serve as an example to the entire country that government can and must move fast", Mr Scott said in remarks before the signing, surrounded by survivors of the shooting and their families.

Within hours the National Rifle Association had filed a suit challenging the bill - saying it is unconstitutional under the second and 14th amendments of the US Constitution. The group said the law punishes "law-abiding gun owners" for the acts of deranged mass shooting criminals.

Such a provision was included in the Florida package enacted on Friday.

The law does not ban semi-automatic rifles like the one used in the 14 February massacre in Parkland.

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The bill also was controversial for including provisions allowing school staff to be specially trained and deputized to carry guns on the job as campus "guardians", though local sheriffs and individual school districts may opt out of the program if they wish.

He does not support arming teachers.

Scott has not said yet if he will sign the legislation, and he plans to take up the issue with relatives of those who were slain. The bill left only non-teacher staff eligible to participate, such as administrators, guidance counselors, librarians and coaches. We applaud the members of the Florida Legislature that courageously voted against their own political self-interest to do the right thing for the safety of our schools.

President Donald Trump has voiced support for the idea, also espoused by the NRA.

Student Chris Grady said: "Obviously, this is what we've been fighting for".

Rick Scott is going to sign a bill creating the nation's first ever private school voucher program for bullied students. It said the bill "strips law-abiding adults aged 18-20 of their Second Amendment right to self-protection" and called the expansion of waiting periods for gun purchases "unnecessary".

In The Guardian, Gary Younge draws an interesting analogy between a protest against segregation led by black children in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement and the current students' movement, inferring that young people played a central role in the success of the Civil Rights movement and will hopefully do so in the gun control movement now.

"Waiting periods, gun violence restraining orders, and 21 to buy a gun are what the people want", said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), "but the gun lobby, the legislature and the governor must know that this is just the beginning and not the end of the response".