• Michelle Marchante

‘Guns, School Safety, Mental Health’: Tallahassee debates new gun legislation

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

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Michelle Marchante/News Director

Gun control legislation is moving rapidly in Florida’s Capitol following the school shooting in Parkland, FL, which left 17 dead, multiple injured and a stream of student protesters calling for action.

Senate Bill 7026, also known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which passed the Florida Senate Committee on Rules and the Appropriations Committee on Monday, Feb. 26, focuses on new gun regulations, school “hardening” and mental health — three aspects also found in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s proposal.

The bill must now be voted on in the Senate. The Florida House Appropriations Committee also passed a similar bill which will be heading to the House for a vote, as of the time of publication.

The legislation — if passed and signed into law by Scott — would also prohibit individuals under the age of 21 from purchasing firearms. Law enforcement, military and correctional officers would be exempted. The purchasing or selling of bump stocks, a tool which would let firearms shoot faster, would also be prohibited.

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