Florida senators pass gun restrictions; House yet to act

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"But we need to have other options out there instead of just leaving teachers with their students trapped in classrooms", he said.

Almost four dozen Democratic amendments, including banning assault weapons, creating a registry for guns, allowing local governments to pass stronger gun laws, requiring background checks for gun purchases outside of the state and prohibiting the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines, were rejected. Their allies in the Legislature, though, knew that would be a heavy lift.

"This isn't a matter of pulling out a gun and shooting someone", he told Rantz. Other school staff could also volunteer for the program but all other classroom teachers would be blocked from the program.

Lauren Book (right) embraces Sen.

"We have to do something about guns. They've been shouting it into their ears writing letters, talking to congress and senate alike and frankly I can't believe they haven't heard yet", Deitsch said. There is never enough money for anything we do up here.

Fellman put her thoughts on paper and channeled her emotions after the Valentine's Day slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He noted the common denominator in the three mass shootings that have occurred in Florida in the past 18 months was mental illness. "It's going to help the schools with hardening and help the police, help with mental illness". Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, who sponsored the amendment.

Ted Knutson, president of Aquinas Catholic Schools in La Crosse and Onalaska, said he doesn't want guns on the campuses, although he stressed that is his opinion and not a formal position of the system's board. Scott is opposed to arming teachers.

"Every constitutional right that we hold dear has a limitation", said Democratic Sen.

Sen Chris Murphy, D-Conn., another co-sponsor, said even Sandy Hook Promise leaders would say stopping with this bill "would be a failure".

After an appeals court overturned a lower court decision regarding the Sarasota High School student who threatened on Twitter to "shoot up" his school, the lower court judge asked Steube to change the law.

A House committee last week approved similar legislation, including a provision allowing local sheriffs to create voluntary programs for deputizing school personnel as armed "marshals", subject to school district approval and special training.

The NRA's executive director, Chris Cox, tweeted after the group's White House meeting that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don't want gun control". While these discussions and meetings took place, thousands of people marched from the Westcott fountain at Florida State University to the capitol building.

With only four days left in the legislative session, students fear nothing may get done.

The bill being considered by the House faces criticism from both sides of the gun-control debate. But Gunderson is not impressed by the push to arm teachers. "Thus, there is a limit to what they are willing to consider".