After 17 people were gunned down in another school shooting, the tragedy reignited the call from many for stricter gun control. There were some who wanted a ban on all rifles, while others simply hoped for some tighter security measures. One state has now voted in a significant gun restriction in an attempt to keep schools safer.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law Friday that changes the age to buy a firearm in the state from 18 to 21. According to The Wall Street Journal, bump stocks were banned by the state, and it gives law enforcement the ability stop people from buying firearms that are deemed a risk.
Governor Scott decided to take the swift action after the most recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The new law has been dubbed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
According to those close to the creation of the legislation, Scott wanted to make sure schools would be safe, keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them, and allow for mental health checks.
The bill also allows teachers to be armed if the local school district and local sheriff’s department both agree. According to CNN, the program has been called Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program to pay homage to one of the faculty victims who died protecting students from the gunman.
Scott acknowledged the students of the school who have been leading the push for stricter gun control. “To the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, you made your voices heard.”
In an email to lawmakers ahead of the House vote, students and families pleaded, “You must act to prevent mass murder from ever occurring again at any school.” They wrote, “The issue cannot wait. The moment to pass this bill is now. We must be the last families to suffer the loss of a loved one due to a mass shooting at a school.”
The passing of the bill marks the first time the state has passed any new gun control law in over 20 years.