NRA sues Florida to block part of new gun law

Mar 11, 2018, 01:06

The new Florida law raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18, bans the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, gives law enforcement greater power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit, and provides additional funding for armed school resource officers.

Although he signed the bill, Scott continued to be vocal about his dislike about one aspect of it - the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which permits some teachers and other school employees to carry firearms on school grounds after completing a training program under the direction of a sheriff's office.

However, it does not include a ban on assault-style weapons, such as the one used to kill 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on 14 February.

Almost all classroom teachers are expressly excluded from participating in a compromise aimed at winning support from some Democrats and Scott, a staunch NRA ally who nevertheless is opposed to arming teachers.

Florida lawmakers earlier this week passed a school safety bill with new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers, though it remains unclear if Gov. Rick Scott will sign the bill - which has the support of victims' families - into law.

A man who shot up his NY school as a teenager has praised the activist students from Parkland, Florida.

Flanked by family members of the Parkland shooting victims during the signing ceremony Friday, Scott affirmed that the "historic legislation" would help insure that "every student in Florida has the right to learn in a safe environment".

Well, now the National Rifle Association is suing.

The governor's statement notes that the three-day waiting period includes exceptions for "the purchase of rifles and shotguns by law enforcement officers, correctional officers, active duty military members and all members of the Florida National Guard and United States Reserve Forces".

Student activists from the school called it "a baby step". The 19-year-old accused of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day was already being held without bond on 17 charges of murder.

In the brief hearing Friday, Nikolas Cruz stood with his head bowed as he appeared via video conference. He was indicted on 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder for the massacre. In typical practice, the judge will then enter a not guilty plea on Cruz's behalf to continue the process.

Hogg's mother, Rebecca Boldrick, says she contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week because threats against her family have continued to appear on Facebook.

"I'm taking and swallowing that poison pill".

Wade's family has been touched multiple times by gun violence, including when his cousin - a mother of four - was shot and killed on a Chicago street in 2016, with police saying she was not the intended target.

SHAPIRO: We heard Governor Scott there talking about the fact that some people are not happy about this bill.

The shooting has taken on a special significance in recent weeks for Wade, who has two children that go to school in Broward County.

The bill narrowly passed the House and Senate, which formally delivered the reform package on Thursday.

She said she wants Mr Scott to veto the money for the so-called guardian program when he receives the budget. He has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

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