13 March, 2018
The National Rifle Association (#NRA) filed a lawsuit on Friday against #Florida lawmakers' approval of broader gun-control and school security measures, Vox News reported. The organization also said the bill works against the 14th amendment's equal protection clause by not allowing 18- to 21-year-olds who follow the laws to not buy a rifle.
It also extends the three-day waiting period to all long guns.
Governor Rick Scott, a staunch ally of the gun lobby, defied his longtime allies and enacted the bill, which the NRA says violates the constitution.
The changes were made in the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage at the Parkland school that left 17 people dead and 17 injured. The alleged gunman is a 19-year-old former male student who legally bought the AR-15-style rifle used in the deadly attack.
Family members of all 17 Parkland victims signed a statement supporting passage of the legislation.
"It's an example to the entire country that government can and has moved fast", said Scott, whose state has been ruled for 20 years by gun-friendly Republican lawmakers.
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Others have questioned whether Broward County Sheriff's deputies could have entered the school sooner.
The bill (SB 7026) bans the sale of bump stocks in Florida and allows police to ask judges to seize weapons from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.
Scott has disagreed from the beginning on arming school staff and hinted that some of the funding for this could be rerouted to hire more school resource officers.
A controversial part of the new law is known as the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which arms some teachers if both the local school district and local sheriff's department agree. "If I veto the funding for this program now, this funding can not be used for additional law enforcement officers this year". The $67 million provision is named after the coach who shielded students with his own body and died in last month's shooting.
Parent Andrew Pollack, center left, and his son Hunter Pollack speak to the media outside the governor's office after the governor signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday, March 9, 2018.
"I'm not in the legislature but there are components in it I disagree with".
"We are doing everything we can to help our students finish on time and with no debt or as little debt as possible", Negron said. We call on more states to follow Florida's lead and create meaningful legislation to make all schools safer.