Florida Legislature Passes High School Public Safety Act

The Florida House passed a gun control bill that would impose new restrictions on firearm sales and allow some teachers and staff to carry guns in school.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act passed 67-50. It now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has 15 days to sign it.

Scott expressed reservations about provisions to arm personnel and institute a three-day wait period to buy guns.

Earlier Wednesday, he vowed to review the bill “line by line” before signing it. “The group that I’m going to be talking to — the groups that I care most about right now because it impacted them so much — is the families,” Scott said.

The Safety Act was named after the high school in Parkland where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last month.

The bill was passed yesterday, the first full day of classes since the Valentine’s Day shooting.

Here’s what the bill mandates:

The final version includes the following measures:
– Raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18;
– Require a three-day waiting period for firearm purchases, with some exceptions;
– Ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, which allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire more like an automatic weapon;
– Give law enforcement more authority to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit or otherwise a threat;
– Provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and mental health services.

It also establishes rules for arming some people in schools, but excludes teachers from performing that duty.

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