Florida governor signs gun restrictions 3 weeks after attack

Students walked out of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School at 8:17 am to protest gun violence and demand new gun control laws

Students walked out of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School at 8:17 am to protest gun violence and demand new gun control laws

The head of the county's public defender's office, which is representing Cruz, said last month there is no question Cruz is guilty, and that the teen is willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. "There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe".

School resource officer Scot Peterson, who officials say waited outside the school building as the shooting unfolded, initially oversaw his colleagues' response to the shooting.

"We haven't seen a Republican-controlled state rally to pass significant gun restrictions after a mass shooting".

Both of Florida's legislative chambers passed the law, which would set up a so-called guardian program that would permit employees' firearm possession after agreed to undergo law enforcement training.

Besides his objections to arming teachers, Scott is on record as opposed to extending Florida's existing three-day waiting period for handgun sales to purchases of all firearms.

Guns-rights groups, including the powerful National Rifle Association, say the above measures infringe on the rights of gun owners. The bill signed Friday falls short of what numerous shooting's survivors advocated for.

The National Rifle Association is expressing disappointment after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a gun control bill that was written after a mass shooting at a high school killed 17 people. And 67 Republicans with A ratings from the NRA voted for the bill, according to an analysis by The Trace.

And less than two after after Scott signed the bill into law, the NRA sued Florida in federal court to block the law.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is named as a defendant, said she was proud of the law.

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"This ban particularly infringes upon, and imposes and impermissible burden upon the Second Amendment rights of those NRA members...who are female", the suit said.

"We'll let justice take its course at this point", Lewis said. And I know that many believe this bill has too much gun control.

"I've heard all the arguments for teachers to be armed and, while this bill would significantly change on this topic, I'm still not persuaded".

"I want to commend the legislature for getting a bill to my desk in such a short amount of time", Scott said in a prepared speech on Friday. He doesn't support arming teachers, however, and had wanted lawmakers to adopt his own $500 million proposal to put one or more law enforcement officer in every school. Other school employees, however, are allowed to allowed to participate in the program.

The measure will automatically become law within 15 days unless vetoed by Scott, who said on Wednesday prior to the vote that he had not yet decided whether to support the bill. It also bans the sale of bump stocks, which are used to convert a semi-automatic gun into an automatic one.

As legislators debated in Tallahassee, US Education secretary Betsy DeVos visited Stoneman Douglas on the first full day of classes since the shooting, while the accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was indicted on 17 counts of murder.

"He talked about change and what needed to happen, which is kind of amusing to me - a government official did absolutely nothing, and a professional basketball player talked to us and was real with us", the 17-year-old senior said.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died, called the new law "a start for us".

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