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

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

A controversial provision of gun legislation that passed the Florida state Senate Monday is being mischaracterized, a state lawmaker said Tuesday.

The NRA's executive director, Chris Cox, tweeted after the group's White House meeting that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don't want gun control".

"We have over a dozen bills. that have nothing to do with taking risky firearms off our streets", he said.

"Schools must be safe havens, where students can learn and teachers can teach", said Senate Leader John Flanagan, R-Long island.

State Sen. Linda Stewart, a Democrat who introduced the amendment to ban assault weapons, said on the Senate floor that ammunition from assault weapons can blow up inside the victim's body and that there is no reason for anyone to have them.

Democratic Rep. Kristin Jacobs said she did not like the idea of arming teachers, but she voted yes.

Let's see how far they can take this bill. here's hoping!

Originally, it was called the "school marshal program". The House will vote on it Wednesday. "The adults make the laws".

Local sheriffs are warning that Florida legislators are not setting aside enough money to ensure every school will have its own resource officer.

Many students, teachers and parents have expressed opposition to the program, as has Gov. Rick Scott.

The House has a similar version of the marshall program in its school safety legislation.

The Senate bill also provides almost $400 million to pay for various school safety and mental health initiatives.

Ultimately, lawmakers and not Scott will decide what the legislation looks like before the annual legislative session ends Friday, but Scott could veto a bill and call lawmakers back to a special session to address the issue.

"The Governor will make a decision when the final bill reaches his desk", his spokeswoman, Lauren Schenone, said Tuesday night in a statement.

Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting on February 14, says changing federal gun laws is just "not achievable" and the focus should instead be on strengthening school safety. "I think there is clearly a citizen desire and expectation to do that".

Meanwhile, prosecutors and lawyers for the victims are going to court to handle the aftermath of the Valentine's Day massacre.

The changes approved by the Senate would exclude those who "exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers" from being allowed to be armed as part of a program renamed the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program.

The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" gives the police more power to seize weapons from people deemed mentally unfit.



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