Gun safety advocates slam most plans by Rick Scott & Florida Legislature

Elias Hubbard
February 26, 2018

The proposal would raise the age to purchase all firearms in the state to 21, which would be opposed by the National Rifle Association.

Gov. Rick Scott is out with a gun safety plan, which focuses on keeping firearms out of the hands of violent people, among other provisions.

Trump (l.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (r.) met with law enforcement officers in Pompano Beach, Fla., on February 16, days after the high school shooting.

The measures Scott announced Friday fall short of what survivors of the shooting have advocated.

"He is doing the bare minimum", said US Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat widely expected to face a re-election challenge this year from Scott. Earlier this week, Stoneman Douglas students met with President Trump at the White House, others appeared at a CNN town hall and thousands of students marched in Tallahassee, Florida's capital.

"Banning specific weapons and punishing law-abiding citizens is not going to fix this", Scott said.

Police cars outside the shooting site in Florida.

The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will make sure all schools are up to the new standards by July 1.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Broward County Sheriff's Office have since acknowledged receiving several tips over the past two years from callers saying they had reason to believe Cruz was inclined to commit a school shooting.

Scott broke with Trump, a fellow Republican, on the president's idea of arming some teachers - those qualified and willing to be armed in classrooms.

"We don't care about gun control right now, that's a big issue in the country and you are not going to get everyone together... be we are going to get everyone together on fixing our schools". Convicted felons, fugitives and people with a record of drug addiction also are banned from owning guns.

Scott told host Chris Wallace the Stoneman Douglas shooting led to a change in his one-time hardline gun rights position after talking with victims, families, students, law enforcement, and lawmakers.

The Sarasota County School Board has released a statement following Governor Rick Scott's proposals to enchance school safety. But it was coupled with a controversial measure aimed at significantly expanding permits for carrying concealed weapons.

There will be exceptions for active duty and reserve military and spouses, National Guard members, and law enforcement.

"What it includes is the most robust first of its kind of any of the 50 states system where we say if you are a licensed law enforcement officer who has been trained and has the credential hours to be a law enforcement officer and you're a certified teacher, yes, that person-who was dually hired as a teacher from the superintendent and a law enforcement officer from the Sheriff, then yes, they can carry guns as a school resource officer can in the school system", said Corcoran, during a separate news conference.

"Everything was quiet, and looked like it was frozen in time", social studies teacher Greg Pittman said.

The school plans an orientation tomorrow for teachers and students. One woman who brought balloons to add to the displays fell to her knees in tears. Classes will be restarted on Wednesday.

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