Florida governor signs gun restrictions 3 weeks after attack

Florida governor signs gun restrictions 3 weeks after attack

It also creates a so-called guardian program enabling some teachers and other school employees to carry guns. "Females between the ages of 18 and 21 pose a relatively slight risk of perpetrating a school shooting such as the one that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or, for that matter, a violent crime of any kind".

Florida's governor, Rick Scott, flanked by family members of students who were killed during a high school mass shooting there less than a month ago, on Friday signed a $400m bill that tightens gun laws in the state.

It includes a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases, raises the minimum age to 21 to purchase a gun and gives police more authority to confiscate weapons.

Student activists from the school where the shooting took place, called it "a baby step".

The new measures come in the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The bill also includes a commission that will investigate the events leading up to and response to the attack by Cruz, who had a lengthy history of mental-health problems. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said the same.

A source close to the case says Cruz's attorneys are doing that out of respect for the victims and to say they're not contesting Cruz's guilt. "I believe he'll sign it today".

"A written plea of not guilty was filed in this cause prematurely before formal charges were filed", a document filed Thursday said.

It was greeted hours later by a federal lawsuit from the National Rifle Association. The new legislation raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21. It also boosts funding for school security measures and mental health care for students, while blocking mentally ill Floridians from owning guns.

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer called lawmakers who voted for the bill "turncoat Republicans" who "caved to bullying and coercion", and she singled out Scott for criticism.

From left Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and East Hartford School Superintendent Nathan Quesnel
From left Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and East Hartford School Superintendent Nathan Quesnel

The Broward County school superintendent has already said he does not want to participate in the program.

"My focus is law enforcement, this is their job, they're trained to do this", he told reporters.

The governor said he will ask the Legislature to redirect money allocated for armed school personnel to hiring more school resource officers instead.

"The bill is far too comprehensive for the governor to let a few provisions prevent the positive changes this bill embodies", Galvano said.

Florida lawmakers head into their final day of the 2018 legislative session with work still to be done and questions waiting to be answered. A recent statewide poll said 62 percent of voters in Florida support a ban on assault weapons.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died, called the new law "a start for us". "I think rather than banning specific weapons, we need to ban specific people from having any weapons".

Cruz confessed to the shooting after his arrest and was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 34 charges, including 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Admitted school shooter Nikolas Cruz left his jail cell at the Broward County Jail Friday afternoon for a brief court hearing. Prosecutors have not announced a decision.

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