Rubio, Nelson diverge in reaction to Florida school safety and gun bill

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The NRA's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, said that barring adults under the age of 21 from buying rifles was unconstitutional, violating both the Second Amendment and Americans' 14th Amendment rights to equal protection under the law. Pollack's 18-year-old daughter Meadow was killed at Parkland. A federal law would fill gaps in state laws, Graham said, noting that only a handful of states allow gun-violence restraining orders.

The bill Gov. Rick Scott is weighing narrowly passed Florida's House and Senate. It also creates a so-called "guardian" program - a controversial provision that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns. "Rick-Scott-sign-legislature's-compromise-on-guns">recent Quinnipiac poll, 62 percent of Florida voters want to ban assault weapons and 96 percent want to strengthen background checks on all gun purchases.

Locally, it's unclear on if area school districts will opt into the voluntary program.

"The message that we just don't feel comfortable in our schools in America, " she said.

"I am glad, however, that the plan in this bill is not mandatory, which means it will be up to locally elected officials", Scott said.

Teachers, meanwhile, called on Scott to use his line-item veto power to zero out the $67 million set aside for the program to train and arm school employees. "It's nowhere near the long-term solution", said Chris Grady, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and one of the organizers of the March for Life later this month in Washington, D.C. "You didn't let up and you fought until there was change".

The number 17 represented the students and staff that died in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting on February 14. "We have paid a bad price for this progress".

The indictment returned by a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale also charges the 19-year-old with 17 counts of attempted murder for the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people died and more than a dozen others were wounded. And if it doesn't, it may be because it doesn't go far enough.

Those changes drew the ire of gun lobbyists, who argued the measures on firearm ownership would've done little to stop the Parkland shooting.

If the House approves the bill, it would become law in 15 days unless Gov.

The bill would create a program allowing local sheriffs to deputize school staff as volunteer armed "guardians", subject to special training, mental health and drug screening and a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Bocka said she considers Rindge and Latin to be a safe place for her and other students, and that Cambridge as a whole is safe.

Sharon Nesvig, the communications director for the Florida Education Association, said the group was very disappointed with the governor.

Hundreds of students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School walked out of classes at 8:17 a.m. Wednesday to protest gun violence in schools and demand new gun control laws. He says when it came down to making a decision whether to sign the legislation into law or veto it, he asked himself three questions: Will the bill dramatically improve school safety?

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