Florida senators pass gun restrictions; US House yet to act

Tallahassee – The Florida Senate has passed a school safety bill that would place new restrictions on rifle sales, allow some teachers to carry guns in schools and create new school mental health programmes.

The Senate voted 20-18 on Monday for the bill that’s a response to the February 14 school shootings in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

Few, if any, senators were completely happy with the legislation.

READ: School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

Many Republicans don’t like the idea of raising the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 or creating a waiting period to purchase the weapons.

Many Democrats think the bill didn’t go far enough because it doesn’t include a ban on assault-style rifles or large-capacity magazines.

Florida’s House has not yet taken up its version of the bill.


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