Students demanding legislative action on gun safety


The Florida Senate on Monday night passed a comprehensive gun control and school safety bill crafted in response to the Parkland shooting by the narrowist margin.

The Senate bill also allows police to take guns from people deemed unsafe by the courts.

Few, if any, senators were completely happy with the legislation.

The Senate bill would increase the age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, it would ban bump stocks and enact a three-day waiting period for many gun sales.

"A proposal that arms teachers and does not ban military-style assault weapons", Smith said. Several Democrats said they wouldn't vote for the bill if it included the so-called guardian program, which would put more guns in schools.

Great news for the first amendment in Florida, assuming the bill survives Florida's Senate, of course.

The limitation, however, does not apply to classroom teachers of a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program or current service members; and current or former law enforcement officers, according to the bill.

"The goal is to make sure that those instructional personnel that are in the classroom can not participate in the program", Garcia said to the Times.

The amendment names the program for Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February 14 shooting that left 17 dead. These true American Heroes used their bodies to shield their beloved students and engaged the shooter while unarmed.

"The Legislature finds there is a need to comprehensively address the crisis of gun violence, including but not limited to, gun violence on school campuses", reads the text of Senate Bill 7026.

Petty's 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was killed in the February 14 shooting, along with 13 schoolmates and three staff members.

A few days ago, Trump proposed an idea to approve arming teachers in high schools for safety purposes.

Sen. Lauren Book, who helped more than 100 Douglas High students travel to Tallahassee and meet with Scott and lawmakers, sobbed as she described the horror scene at the school, where students' backpacks, papers and bicycles - and Valentine's Day flowers - were a stark reminder of the carnage that had taken place the day before.

The Broward County school's students would still be allowed to take various tests if they wanted.

The move to pass the bill, the most successful and sweeping attempt at gun control in Florida's recent legislative history, was triggered by a shooting in Parkland on February 14 and is named in honor of the tragic event.

Democrats criticized the bill and said it would create another voucher program that would divert money away from public schools.

The 20-18 vote came after almost non-stop advocacy from students, teachers and parents, including survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland who demanded that lawmakers take action before the legislative session ends Friday.