After days of emotional debate, the Florida Senate approved a school safety plan 20-18. The proposal to arm teachers goes to the House for debate later this week.
The measure puts new restrictions on rifle sales and allows some teachers to carry guns.
Few, if any, senators were completely happy with the legislation that’s a response to the Feb. 14 school shootings in Parkland that left 17 people dead. 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 Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released this statement after SB 7026 passed the Senate Monday evening:
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