Rick Scott signed a far-reaching school-safety bill Friday that places new restrictions on guns in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting, cementing his state's break with the National Rifle Association.
Scott says while the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act isn't flawless, it meets numerous requirements that he urged legislators to include in a school safety package: increasing law enforcement at schools and hardening facilities, providing more funding for mental health services, providing a mechanism to keep guns out of the hands of individuals with mental health issues, and tightening gun laws.
The Florida Legislature officially delivered the bill Thursday to Scott, who has 15 days to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
Imposes a three-day waiting period on all gun sales.
- Outlaws bump stocks, which enable a semi-automatic weapon to be fired as an automatic weapon.
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. Will this bill provide more funding to treat the mentally ill?
The Florida Senate narrowly passed the bill Monday.
The bill's narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. Nineteen Republicans and 31 Democrats voted against it.
- Allows local sheriff's departments to establish a "guardian program" in which school personnel can be permitted to voluntarily carry a gun on the job.
The students stress they will be walking out "for all people who have experienced gun violence, including systemic forms of gun violence that disproportionately impact teens in black and brown communities".
She and critics decried the lack of an assault weapons ban in the bill, though supporters noted that most school shootings in the U.S. are committed with handguns. Others called for stricter measures to acquire arms. Instead, he wanted lawmakers to adopt his own $500 million proposal to put at least one law enforcement officer in every school.
Over the past decade, the United States has witnessed several deadly mass shootings, including in Las Vegas, Orlando and Sandy Hook.
The photos of those caught up in the shooting say it all; anxious parents waiting to hear if their child is still alive, distraught students processing the loss of friends and, perhaps most notably, President Donald Trump's unwavering countenance.
In a letter to parents February 28, Superintendent George Arlotto said one of the system's key missions is to empower students to be leaders.
But not all educators were supportive of the students.
The Broward County school superintendent has already said he does not want to participate in the program.
After the silent protest ended, Rindge and Latin students joined Somerville High students in Union Square in Somerville where they called on lawmakers to support stronger gun control measures with a chant.
"I still think law enforcement officers should be the ones to protect our schools", Scott said.
After experiencing a terrifying attack on their school by a tragically unhinged former student armed with an assault-style rifle who killed 14 of their classmates and three teachers and seriously injured another 14, they didn't retreat into fear and victimhood.
Politico says legislators expect Scott to sign the bill.
There are things in this bill that I oppose and I've been pretty open about that.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was killed, said more needs to be done, but there's enough good in the bill that it should pass.