Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers

Student David Hogg returns to school. He has become a leading voice in the students movement to control assault weapons Letter: Teachers trained to nurture, not shoot
Kenny Thornton | 08 March, 2018, 04:17

A new version of the Florida gun bill crafted in response to the Parkland shooting would exclude most teachers from carrying guns in their classrooms. A final vote is not expected until tomorrow.

"I hope, as people realize that it may be the background check bill or nothing (considered in the Senate), that they're not willing to go home empty-handed", Cornyn told reporters late on Monday.

The Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Broward County high school changed the conversation at the Capitol.

She also would have liked a ban on assault-style rifles, like numerous students who traveled to the state Capitol to ask lawmakers to go even further to stop future mass shootings. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Friday.

"My community was rocked".

"I support security in schools. He wants to make sure that if somebody is potentially harmful to themselves or other people that we have the ability to expedite that process", press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

All eyes are on the Florida House of Representatives, one day after the Senate passed gun restrictions.

Piccolo said the arming of teachers, contentious as it is, will likely remain in the bill as it moves through the House in part, because of strong support from Republicans.

"We must be the last families to lose loved ones in a mass shooting at a school". This time is different: the young people of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School responded courageously and immediately.

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Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina Petty was killed, read a statement declaring that the parents are unified in pushing for safer schools.

State senators Monday voted to exempt students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from having to take the annual reading, writing and math tests given each spring to most students in the state. Every no vote was cast by Republicans.

Scott has made no secret that he opposes any plan to arm teachers, known as the "school marshall program" in both the Senate and House. Some Republicans don't like the idea of raising the age to buy a firearm to 21, and some Democrats wanted a ban on assault-style rifles. "In my experience, eventually some pro-gun legislator in (Tallahassee) will decide that enough school boards didn't pass this arming teachers program, and they'll step up and make legislation to make it mandatory". Any teacher who does nothing but work in a classroom would not be eligible, but teachers who perform other duties, such as serving as a coach, and other school employees could still participate.

Under the amended Senate bill, classroom teachers would be excluded from carrying guns to work unless they were part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programme or members of the USA military or former police officers.

The school safety plan Scott proposed is otherwise mostly in line with the bill the Senate is considering.

That controversial component of the state House and Senate bills was the focus of a roundtable discussion held by U.S. Rep.

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

"You know what that means in my experience?"

"We should start with what's achievable and what will actually save lives", Cornyn said on the Senate floor, referring to his bill.

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