Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a major gun-control and school safety legislation, three weeks after a high school shooting left 17 dead and 14 others injured in the traditionally gun-friendly southeastern USA state.
The NRA, never an organization to say nothing, has issued the following press release in response to the new gun laws signed today by Florida Governor Rick Scott. But make no mistake: I'm a father, and I'm on a mission. "There are just no words".
The governor's statement notes that the three-day waiting period includes exceptions for "the purchase of rifles and shotguns by law enforcement officers, correctional officers, active duty military members and all members of the Florida National Guard and United States Reserve Forces".
Within hours the National Rifle Association had filed a suit challenging the bill - saying it is unconstitutional under the second and 14th amendments of the US constitution.
The NRA argues people who are 18 years old are considered adults "for nearly all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights".
The NRA's lawsuit, filed in federal court an hour after Scott signed the bill into law, names Attorney General Pam Bondi and Rick Swearingen, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Most of all, the platform has provided unfiltered reactions to government overtures like DeVos's visit, which students were quick to say was lacking.
Even Scott admitted Friday he wasn't fully satisfied with the bill - but said that compromise was important in getting legislation passed before legislators ended their annual session this week. "I'm glad, however, the plan is not mandatory, which means it be up to local elected officials".
"It's nowhere near the long-term solution". "You didn't let up and you fought until there was change".
The bill signed Friday falls short of what Scott and the shooting's survivors wanted.
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Speaking on behalf of the 17 families, Tony Montalto, whose 14-year-old daughter, Gina, was killed, called the new law the "beginning of the journey" to prevent "future acts of horrific school violence".
"We haven't seen a Republican-controlled state rally to pass significant gun restrictions after a mass shooting".
President Donald Trump is congratulating Florida on school safety legislation approved by state lawmakers.
The bill enacts some gun controls opposed by the NRA but also includes controversial measure to arm some teachers and other school personnel.
The Washington Post reports that hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending will also be allocated for school security and mental health treatment. Since the shooting, gun law reform has dominated national politics.
This year's session was upended by the mass shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. Many Republicans in both the House and the Senate supported that position and voted against the bill, but the bill passed on bipartisan votes in both chambers and majority of Republicans voted for it. If he did nothing after 15 days, it automatically became law.
It also creates a so-called guardian program that enables some teachers and other school employees.
The Republican governor, who is expected to seek a U.S. Senate seat later this year, has called for raising the minimum age to purchase any type of gun and said he does not support arming teachers.
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