Florida shooting: Gun control law moves step closer

The NRA challenge came hours after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed his state's gun safety bill

The NRA challenge came hours after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed his state's gun safety bill

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a bill backed by relatives of Parkland school shooting victims that restricts access to firearms and paves the way for some school staff to be armed.

Students across the country will be walking out of their schools for 17 minutes as part of the protest inspired by the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed. The bill was sent to Gov. Rick Scott (R), but he hasn't indicated whether he will sign the measure. Florida now applies a three-day wait only to handgun sales.

Bans bump stocks, the modification device that converts a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic one.

The measure is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed.

While the bill's provisions respond to most of the appeals of the student activists and their parents, it left out a key demand: the ban on the AR-15 assault weapon. Nineteen Republicans and 31 Democrats voted against it.

Scott has said he is against arming teachers but legislators approved the program anyway.

IT IS now beyond doubt: The fearless student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting are changing the debate about gun control.

"There's no place to hide", the man tells the dispatcher. Others called for stricter measures to acquire arms.

And students who attend the rally will be able to sign up to vote at stations located in the midst of the protest, the beep said.

Over the past decade, the USA has witnessed several deadly mass shootings, including in Las Vegas, Orlando and Sandy Hook.

Since the shooting, many surviving students have lobbied politicians for greater gun control. Students have also received endorsement for the march from the Seattle School Board, which passed the resolution without any opposition.

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But not all educators were supportive of the students.

". The board of Education of Naperville Community School District 203 agrees that all schools across the nation must be places of safety and security and supports the dialogue regarding school safety".

Wade arrived during lunchtime and went straight to the cafeteria, where Novell said the 12-time NBA All-Star posed for photos and talked with students.

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

"They are trying to not be political about it because schools are not allowed to be, it's more of a memorial, they are going to read off the 17 lives lost, we are going to have a moment of silence, and kind of reflect on what happened", said Grant.

"You must act to prevent mass murder from ever occurring again at any school", they wrote.

The last in a long line of speakers was Cody, an Arlington middle school student, who said "I speak for everyone by saying I don't want to be shot and killed at my school". "I'm going to review the bill line-by-line, and the group that I'm going to be talking to, the group that I care the most about right now, because it impacted them so much, is the families", Scott told reporters Wednesday.

The legal basis for firearm possession in the United States is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Republican Rep. Jay Fant said raising the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 was unconstitutional, and he voted no. However, a person as young as 18 can buy a rifle in Florida, with no waiting period.

"Someone's shooting up the school at Stoneman Douglas", the caller whispered.

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