Florida lawmakers take up school-safety bill in rare session

Florida House debates school safety bill

Florida House debates school safety bill

Since the shooting, Stoneman Douglas students have been lobbying politicians for stricter gun controls both in their home state of Florida and in Washington.

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, said initially in committee the church language was explained simply as parishioners who want the option of self-protection when attending worship services.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN that gunman Nikolas Cruz had 180 rounds of ammunition remaining and could have exacted a deadlier toll at the school.

The Florida Legislature, as one Democratic lawmaker observed this week, exists in a different world.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday a $500 million investment in school safety, including metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors and upgraded locks.

Almost two weeks after a shooting at a high school killed 17 people, the Florida Legislature took a step closer Tuesday to passing a bill that would allow for armed teachers and raise the age limit to buy rifles, among other changes.

Florida approved bill to arm teachers, including a "school marshal" program which aims to have 10 teachers trained to carry a gun in schools. Its next stop will be to the Florida House, where a similar bill has not been heard in committee. Another - introducing a registration requirement for guns across the state - also failed, along party lines. "The majority of the people we represent don't want a middle ground". "Let's get something done today. you owe it to me". Police say the shooter used an AR-15 assault-style rifle.

Both the House and the Senate delayed taking up the proposal Friday as they work toward a legislative session March 9 deadline to pass new safety laws.

Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez called assault rifles "weapons of war created to kill efficiently and effectively ... and then they're modified for civilian use by a $17 billion industry".

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"We will have no clue in 67 counties in this state of what this marshal program looks like", Gibson said. "Every state in the country is watching to see what we will do". The main components would be mental health reforms that dont go far enough, money to harden schools and hire more armed school resource officers, and a plan to train and arm teachers that would make schools more unsafe.

The term "assault rifles" is highly disputed because the term is often used to describe semi-automatic weapons that are designed similarly to military rifles, but function differently than automatic weapons.

Classes are scheduled to resume at Stoneman Douglas on Wednesday with half-day sessions for the rest of the week.

He recalled the evening he spent with parents waiting for victims to be identified.

"We had a tragedy just a couple of weeks back", he said. "I think we're all internally conflicted".

The building where the shooting happened will remain closed.

The bill would create the Office of Safe Schools within the Department of Education. The NRA's influence is strongest in the House, where members have smaller districts and Republicans are more fearful of going against the politically active voters who oppose any gun limits. "They ought to pack notes, pack computers, and not guns".

One of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas teen activists expressed his disappointment about the measure's failure.

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