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Florida Senate approves gun restrictions and arming certain school officials

Florida Senate approves gun restrictions and arming certain school officials

The amendment also changed the name of the program from the "marshal" plan to the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, after one of the 17 victims of the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Any teacher who does nothing but work in a classroom would not be eligible, but teachers who perform other duties, such as serving as a coach, and other school employees could still participate.

Meanwhile, a second student injured in the shooting, has filed a letter of intent to sue the Broward Sheriff's Office, the school system and others. Lauren Book, who helped more than 100 Douglas High students travel to Tallahassee and meet with Scott and lawmakers, sobbed as she described the horror scene at the school, where students' backpacks, papers and bicycles -- and Valentine's Day flowers - were a stark reminder of the carnage that had taken place the day before.

President Trump supports the bill, which would fund threat assessments and training for students, teachers school officials and law enforcement to detect early warning signs of violence.

A Scott spokeswoman has said the governor would review the bill in its final form before deciding whether to support it.

"Do I think this bill goes far enough? No!"

"The thought of even one student being gunned down by the person responsible for educating and caring for them is just too much", said Representative Amy Mercado, a Democrat from Orlando.

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Superintendent Robert Runcie called on Congress to ban assault-style weapons and slammed the idea of arming teachers. Besides being opposed to arming teachers, Scott had concerns with the proposed three-day waiting period for purchases of all firearms. Under Florida law, damages awards against state agencies are capped at $300,000 per claimant, but Florida's legislature has the ability to waive those limits in particular cases. "The mentality that we take what we can get and come back next year and fight for more, I'm sorry. I can't vote to put more guns in schools, in the hands of teachers or others", Farmer said. Republican Sen. Bill Galvano said he asked for and received the approval of Feis' family to name the program for him.

The couple is "trying to do the right thing" and is mourning along with the rest of the Parkland community, Lewis said.

"We should start with what's achievable and what will actually save lives", Cornyn said on the Senate floor, referring to his bill. "We don't have all the answers, but we're giving it our best, and we will keep giving it our best".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) suggested that his chamber would not take up gun reform this week, and will instead take up a banking bill.

Moskowitz's amendment failed in a 71-42 vote, with two House Republicans - Shawn Harrison of Tampa and Rene Plasencia of Orlando - joining Democrats in favor of the proposal.


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