Florida governor signs gun safety law after Parkland school shooting

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'Whatever I think of the NRA, they're providing legitimate educational services, ' said Billy Townsend, a school board member in Florida's Polk County district, whose JROTC programs received $33,000, primarily to buy air rifles.

The US state of Florida faces a federal lawsuit over the gun control law signed by the governor on Friday.

Governor Scott, a Republican, felt that the bill balanced "individual rights with need for public safety".

The new measures come in the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Pollack said other family members are also being asked to travel to the state Capitol.

On Tuesday night, the Hillsborough County School Board, which includes Tampa, voted to opt out of the program if the bill were to become law.

"Allows law enforcement to seize firearms when a person has been detained under the "Baker Act.' Also prohibits a person who has been "adjudicated mentally defective" or who has been 'committed to a mental institution" from owning or possessing a firearm".

"This is a first step, and if we really want to do something to combat gun violence, like what we saw in Parkland, we must require universal background checks on the purchase of a gun and get these assault rifles off our streets", said Sen.

We reached out to school districts throughout Southwest Florida to see which schools plan to arm teachers.

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An NRA lobbyist has called the bill "a display of bullying and coercion" that violates the Second Amendment and punishes law-abiding citizens. Legislation was approved despite bipartisan support and opposition.

"I'm dumbfounded. We are going to have to go into our general fund to meet this mandate", said Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna, who is looking at a $700,000 difference between what the state will give him for the resource officer/guardian requirement and the actual cost to hire more deputies.

"I'm taking and swallowing that poison pill". But make no mistake: I'm a father, and I'm on a mission.

Within hours, the NRA filed a court challenge to provisions raising the legal age for buying a rifle or shotgun, asserting that the higher requirement - consistent with the minimum age nationally for handgun purchases - violates the U.S. Constitution.

Speaking after the lawsuit was filed, John Tupps, the Communications Director for Scott said: 'We will review the lawsuit'.

Students have pushed back against arming teachers, but families of those killed in the Valentine's Day shooting urged lawmakers to pass the bill without delay.

"There is a cultural divide in this room, in this state and across the country". He was scheduled to make his initial appearance before a judge via video conference on Friday on the attempted murder charges added this week by the grand jury.

The measure doesn't impose any restrictions on assault-style weapons or high-capacity gun magazines, priorities of numerous parents and students at the high school, where the accused murderer, Nikolas Cruz, used an AR-15 rifle to commit the carnage.