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Fla. Senate backs arming teachers, rejects assault weapons ban

07 March 2018

One failed amendment that had more than an hour of debate would have removed the "arming teachers" part. Another 41 amendments were withdrawn from consideration.

In a move meant to head-off critics, including Gov. Rick Scott, who oppose arming school teachers as part of a state school safety plan, the Florida Senate amended its bill to remove classroom teachers from those who would be eligible to carry a concealed weapon on school campuses. "If you don't want to do your job, we'll do it for you", Hogg said.

The student, Anthony Borges, was shot five times when a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"Under the amendment, proposed by Sen". The Senate narrowly passed the bill Monday.

The decision comes just weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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It was clear that senators were divided on the bill, and not just on party lines.

The bill being considered by the House faces criticism from both sides of the gun-control debate.

Trump has urged support for improved background checks and has promised to issue an executive order barring the use of bump stock devices that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons.

The Florida House of Representatives meets.

The Florida Senate on Monday passed legislation that would slap new restrictions on rifle sales as well as authorizing the arming of some teachers weeks after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

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The package also provides $400 million for mental health services, including mobile crisis teams and school safety programs, such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass and school resource officers. In addition, the bill creates a 16-member commission to investigate the Parkland shooting and make recommendations to the Legislature.

A Florida Quinnipiac poll released last week showed that 62% of Florida residents support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons and a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines.

"We need layers, layers, and layers of security measures in these schools that will make them safer", said Lori Alhadeff whose 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was murdered. Helping schools increase safety is something we believe Congress should be able to agree on and it is something we can address right now to help prevent another tragedy.

Besides the concerned public citizens, the only ones who did their job that day and went beyond the call were members of the non-law enforcement, civil-servant teaching staff.

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Fla. Senate backs arming teachers, rejects assault weapons ban