The National Rifle Association is suing the state of Florida after Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 into law Friday, the first gun control legislation enacted in the state after the Parkland school massacre on February 14. It requires an extended three-day waiting period for handgun purchases, including long guns, and it bans bump stocks, which convert semi-automatic firearms into automatic ones.
Under caveats to the "guardian" program, teachers who "exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers" won't be allowed to carry guns on campus, unless they have military or law enforcement experience or if they teach a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. "There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe".
An analysis of 911 calls, radio traffic and security footage released by authorities Thursday reveals system failures amid the chaos and confusion between law enforcement during the Valentine's Day school shooting in South Florida.
The school safety plan allocates almost $200 million to "harden" school facilities and ensure there is at least one school resource officer at every school.
"Students will be supported whichever of the three options they choose", Rebar said.
As deputies began responding to last month's deadly Florida school shooting, the school's armed resource officer radioed that shots were coming from the freshman building, but he advised officers to stay back - a seeming failure to follow widely established guidelines to immediately confront the attacker in active shooter situations.
The bill, which provides new mental health programs for schools and provisions to keep guns away from people who show signs of mental illness or violent behavior, CBS Tallahassee affiliate WCTV reports.
"I know the debate on all these issues will continue".
After initially warning students and staff that participation in a March 14 national walkout to protest gun violence would result in disciplinary action, officials representing School Administrative District 13 have altered their position to allow an alternative for students who want to express their views on the divisive topic.
Guns-rights groups, including the powerful National Rifle Association, say the above measures infringe on the rights of gun owners.
Scott acknowledged the baby step. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old former student accused of assaulting the school went before a judge. "This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves, and get it done", he said. Families of the shooting victims wrote a letter to the House legislators on Tuesday, urging them to pass the gun package. He was indicted on Wednesday on 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the 17 students who were injured. In a brief hearing Friday, he stood with his head bowed as he appeared via video conference.
Some survivors of the shooting have taken to speaking out about their experience and are using their new platform to call for a revaluation of gun control laws. His attorneys have said he would plead guilty in return for a life sentence instead of the death penalty. Prosecutors have not announced a decision.
President Donald Trump congratulated Florida lawmakers, saying they "passed a lot of very good legislation".