Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Florida senators pass gun restrictions; House yet to act

Florida senators pass gun restrictions; House yet to act

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 United States military or former police officers.

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on February 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday.

Other school personnel would be able to participate, however.

Florida Senate also approved a bill that could set up the nation's first ever private school voucher program for bullied students under a sweeping education bill that the state Legislature passed.

Several black lawmakers expressed concern that African-American students would be more likely to be accidentally shot by a school employee. They say they don't want to do it. The program would be voluntary, implemented only if the sheriff's department and school district agree. "They've been shouting it into their ears writing letters, talking to congress and senate alike and frankly I can't believe they haven't heard yet", Deitsch said. Do I think that this bill goes far enough? The bill would ban bump stocks, up school security, raise the age to purchase all gun in the state to 21 and extend the current three-day wait for long arms.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran told members that he was not sure if legislators will be forced to extend the session past Friday or hold a special session dedicated to the budget.

The package also provides $400 million for mental health services, including mobile crisis teams and school safety programs, such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass and school resource officers.

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Talking about the Parkland shooting, she said: "My school children were murdered in their classrooms. This time must be different, and we demand action", said Ryan Petty, whose daughter, Alaina Petty, 14, was killed in the shooting.

"The reality is if we are going to put uniform law enforcement officer on every campus, it's got to be paid for", Gualtieri said.

"If you see something, say something, and we'll do nothing". "When it becomes law, things will start changing", Galvano said.

Saying he voted to try to strip the marshal program out of the bill on Saturday, Garcia, R-Hialeah, said, "The whole goal is to try to limit the amount of individuals that can carry in a classroom".

"People want to make this bill a Christmas tree, trying to decorate it with other legislative ornaments that look nice to their political base but stand no chance of passing this body or the House", Cornyn said on the Senate floor.

Sen. Tom Lee, a former Senate president who was one of six Republicans - along with Dennis Baxley of Ocala, George Gainer of Panama City, Denise Grimsley of Sebring, Dorothy Hukill of Port Orange and Greg Steube of Sarasota - who voted against the measure, predicted the House would accept the Senate's language. "God help us if they send it back".

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