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NRA Sues Florida Over New Gun Regulations

NRA Sues Florida Over New Gun Regulations

Florida's Republican governor and supporter of the NRA, Rick Scott, has voiced his endorsement of the proposal to raise the legal age of gun buyers to 21.

The suit was filed just over an hour after Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law.

"The deranged murderer in Parkland, Florida gave repeated warning signs that were ignored by federal and state officials", Cox said.

They have flooded social media with the slogan #NeverAgain, met with lawmakers to discuss gun regulation and organised a march in Washington on gun control scheduled for March 24th.

Scott, who said he is an NRA member and will continue to be one, said he is still "not persuaded" about the guardian program that will let districts authorize staff members to carry handguns if they complete law enforcement training.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed, said more needed to be done, but there's enough good in the bill that it should pass.

Still, the survivors of the Florida shooting welcomed the new legislation.

Miami Beach Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine said in a statement the law "falls short of the public demands set by the majority of Floridians and the student survivors" of the shooting. "This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done".

Stoneman Douglas student Talia Rumsky, 16, called the law a positive change, but said there's "still a long way to go".

"It's nowhere near the long-term solution".

Student activists from the school where the shooting took place followed the bill's track closely and called it "a baby step".

On February 22nd, OR passed the first change in gun legislature since the school shooting: a bill that bans people who have been convicted of stalking, domestic violence OR who are under restraining orders from buying OR owning firearms and ammunition.

State lawmakers officially delivered the reform package Thursday.

The appropriation includes more than $69 million for mental health assistance in schools, more than $25 million for replacing a building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and $98 million for hardening security of school buildings. It also seeks to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.

President Trump himself has close ties to the NRA, which is why he focuses on proposals like arming school teachers instead of imposing stricter gun laws. "If counties don't want to do this, they can simply say no".

Scott said a line-item veto of the provision would have eliminated funds available for the hiring additional school officers this year.

Nikolas Cruz, wearing an orange jumpsuit and looking down, made his first court appearance on 17 charges of first-degree attempted murder Friday.

The 19-year-old suspected of killing 17 people at the Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs. In a brief hearing Friday, he stood with his head bowed as he appeared via video conference. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty if Cruz is convicted of first-degree murder.


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