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Florida governor signs gun law

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/09/18, 03:46 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Friday new regulations on gun sales and school safety in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The bill raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns, and bans bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a program to enable teachers and other school employees to carry handguns. Scott previously had the support of the National Rifle Association but broke ranks with the group in signing the bill. He also angered the NAACP and the Florida Educators Association, groups that oppose arming school personnel, The Tampa Bay Times reported. Scott said the bill achieved a good balance between individual rights and public safety. “This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done,” he said as he signed the legislation in the presence of family members of some of the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland shooting.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Chip
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 09:38 am

    Please correct your statement that "17 students" were killed in Parkland. 

    14 of the 17 killed were students. Three were adult faculty members. 

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 05:14 pm

    Thank you for pointing out our error. We have corrected it.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 09:00 pm

    I feel for Gov. Scott. He is trying to find a middle way to increase the safety of schools and Florida residents as a whole, while avoiding extremes either direction. And of course, those from the middle towards either extreme are angry at him.