Florida governor signs gun-safety bill into law after school shooting

From Reuters - March 9, 2018

(Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a package of gun-safety measures raising the legal minimum age for buying rifles, imposing a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allowing the arming of some school employees.

Final passage of the bill by the legislature on Wednesday came three weeks to the day after a gunman opened fire with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and three faculty members.

Swift action in the Republican-controlled statehouse, where the National Rifle Association (NRA) has long held sway, was propelled in large part by an extraordinary lobbying campaign by young survivors from the massacre and parents of the victims.

Gun control advocates said the Parkland massacre and the response to it by Florida lawmakers signaled a likely turning point in the national debate over firearms safety and the right to bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Today should serve as an example to the entire country that government can and must move fast, Scott, a Republican, said in remarks before the signing, surrounded by survivors of the shooting and their families. He said the bill represented a compromise balancing concerns on both sides of the gun debate.

Student survivors from the Parkland shooting had lobbied for some of the new restrictions adopted in the bill, over NRA objections.


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