NRA swiftly files lawsuit to block new Florida gun law

NRA swiftly files lawsuit to block new Florida gun law

Also in the bill is funding for an optional program to allow some school personnel - like librarians and coaches, but not teachers - to carry firearms on campus. NRA Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer on Thursday also sent out an "emergency alert" to supporters, urging them to contact Scott and demand a veto. "Instead of looking to the root cause of this premeditated violence [in schools], the gun control provisions in this law wrongly blame millions of Floridians who safely and responsibly exercise their right to self-defense".

"This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments", the lawsuit reads.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest professional union in the United States, has said that parents and educators "overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff".

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Scott also plans to approve a bill that revamps Florida's universities and colleges and includes a significant boost in financial aid provided to the state's top performing high school graduates. "I'm going to be an NRA member when I'm not governor", Scott said. He also raised eyebrows by suggesting that law enforcement officials should be able to confiscate guns from those they deem a safety risk even before a court has weighed in.

The new measures come in the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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But in a move sure to please the powerful gun lobby, the plan does not include a push to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21.

Scott received the bill Thursday following days of impassioned, often contentious debate in the majority-Republican House and Senate.

Bremberg said the administration is backing two pieces of legislation: A bipartisan bill by Senators John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, and Chris Murphy, Democrat of CT, that is created to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and the STOP School Violence Act, which would authorize state-based grants to implement violence prevention training for teachers and students. "These parents, unfortunately, should not have had to do this".

"Obviously, this is what we've been fighting for".

"We hope they'll walk back in and reach out to somebody with kindness and love, knowing that a lot of these perpetrators have felt ostracized and bullied in the past", Horsley said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a school safety bill passed by the Legislature in response to the Valentine's Day mass shooting that killed 17 people at a high school. "Because we were in session, and being in session in an election year, those two forces combined and something had to happen", he said. It showed everybody in America that this can come to your neighborhood.

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