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Florida Senate passes Gun Control measures and $400 million for Mental Health Services

On Monday the Florida State Senate passed a package for gun control measures by a vote of 20-18. These measures were created to help prevent another school shooting like the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The proposal included raising age restrictions on the purchase of all firearms in the state to 21, banning the purchase and possession of bump stocks, and sets a three-day waiting period to buy any gun, including rifles and shotguns.

The package also provides $400 million for mental health services, including mobile crisis teams and school safety programs, such as metal detectors, bullet-proof glass and school resource officers to help make schools safer in these insane times.

The lawmakers rejected a another attempt at a statewide ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines.

The proposal also includes a measure to arm some teachers, despite the opposition from Florida state Gov. Rick Scott. The lawmakers passed an “opt-in” program as a last-minute amendment, according to the Miami Herald:

“Under the amendment, proposed by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Miami, classroom teachers would not be armed if a school district decides to participate in the so-called ‘school marshal’ program established in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. However, other school personnel, including support staff who provide some instructional work, current or former servicemen or JROTC instructors, would be able to carry firearms.”


As normal representatives in both parties found items that they opposed in the gun control package. Some Democrats objected to arming any teachers, while some of the Senate Republicans opposed setting a waiting period to buy any gun and raising the age limit from 18 to 21.

The House’s legislative session is scheduled to end on March 9.m, and is the next path for the package to get through.


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