Fla. governor signs school security, gun control bill; NRA sues to challenge

President Trump's Plan Will Seek To 'Harden' Schools Against Shootings

Among other things, the legislation raises the legal age for gun purchases to 21, institutes a waiting period of three days, and allows for the arming of school personnel who are not full-time teachers. Under the guardian program, teachers and school employees who underwent law enforcement training would be able to carry handguns, provided that their districts opted in.

In schools, the measure creates new mental health programs and establishes an anonymous tip line for reporting threats.

Given Florida's sorry history and Republican control of the legislature, it is not surprising - albeit still disappointing - that lawmakers were unwilling to meet some of the bolder demands of the Parkland students, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

She stressed that this is not a protest against schools but it is a way to encourage school administrators to help students "amplify their voices".

In a story March 11 about the NRA lawsuit following new sweeping gun reform in Florida, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the voting age is 21.

Students, teachers, parents and administrators across the country are invited to take part in a National School Walkout this month in a call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws.

Among other steps, DeVos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety.

Scott said he plans to meet with those families on Friday. In a statement Thursday, NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer called the bill "a display of bullying and coercion" that would violate Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding citizens.

The new law also 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, reports CNN. "I mean think about it, you have an enumerated right in the Bill of Rights, there's really no precedent to just do a blanket ban on certain adults", DeSantis said on the show.

"The bill is far too comprehensive for the governor to let a few provisions prevent the positive changes this bill embodies", Galvano said.

Activists hold up signs at the Florida State Capitol as they rally for gun reform legislation, February 26, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. But make no mistake: I'm a father, and I'm on a mission.

On Wednesday, a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale formally charged 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

According to the organization, the bill was "particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population". Prosecutors have not announced a decision.

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