Florida Senate Approves Gun Control Package, OKs Arming Some School Personnel

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The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" would also give law enforcement more power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit or otherwise a threat, and provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and for mental health services.

The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act" sparked inter- and intra-party schisms, with some Democrats objecting that the bill did not go far enough because it did not include the ban on assault-style weapons sought by numerous survivors and their families.

The Senate amended the bill to put limits on which teachers could participate in a proposed program to carry guns in schools. The program would be voluntary, implemented only if the sheriff's department and school district agree. The Senate signed off on the measure Monday after Republican leaders rebranded the controversial marshal provision, naming it after a Marjory Stoneman Douglas assistant football coach who died protecting students on February 14. Sen. In an attempt to assuage objections to what Democrats disparagingly dubbed the "armed teachers" program, Sen.

The 20-18 Senate vote Monday evening followed three hours of often emotional debate.

A Florida grand jury indicted Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree for the shooting spree at Stoneman Douglas, prosecutors said. 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.

Lawmakers will have to work quickly to get a bill on the governor's desk. They say they don't want to do it.

"Do I think this bill goes far enough? No!"

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Senate Democrats have pushed a package of gun control measures in response to the Florida shooting. "Their will is clear".

The House on Monday voted 84-28 on a Senate bill (SB 4), which now includes a measure that would allow state universities or colleges to be sued if students or others intentionally disrupt or hinder a campus speaker.

Superintendent Robert Runcie called on Congress to ban assault-style weapons and slammed the idea of arming teachers. Doctors said one bullet tore through 15-year-old Kyle Laman's ankle and foot, according to a statement from The Berman Law Group, which is representing the teenager. I can't do that.

U.S. President Donald Trump has voiced support for arming teachers as a deterrent to gun violence in schools. "Because 14 months from now, when we're back here ... the pressure will be reduced and the NRA will be omnipotent again".

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate and the lead sponsor of the background checks bill, said Tuesday he is frustrated that lawmakers keep attempting to add gun-related proposals to his bill, a relatively modest measure that would bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The couple is "trying to do the right thing" and is mourning along with the rest of the Parkland community, Lewis said.

"We'll let justice take its course at this point", Lewis said. We didn't allow lives to be in vain.

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