Florida Senate holds Saturday session on school safety bill


An assault-style rifle was used to kill 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month.

Meanwhile, an autistic Orono High School student in Minnesota whose alleged threat led to a six-hour lockdown is in juvenile court. Additionally, it would create what is being called a "school marshal" program that would allow specially trained teachers and other school workers, who are deputized by local law enforcement authorities, to carry guns to school. Perry Thurston, chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, said. That talk will have to begin earlier if teachers are allowed to be armed, he predicted. "This is a non-starter", he said. The House proposal requires sheriffs to participate in the program if school boards opt for the program.

Scott "has some ideas" about "non-teaching personnel", such as coaches and administrators, "perhaps being on the front lines to protect schools", Negron said.

While being grilled by Democrats, Sen. Bill Galvano, who sponsored the bill, said he "did not want to include at this point a complete ban on firearms" because he thought the assault weapons ban would be unconstitutional.

Almost two-thirds of Americans support stricter laws on gun sales, including an increasing number of Republicans, but the public divides on the idea of allowing more teachers and school officials to carry guns, according to a recent CBS News poll.

Other gun restrictions included in the bill stand in the way of some Republican's support.

Hardening schools is a complex issue, because while any rational person wants our schools to be safe, there has to be some balance between reasonable access to school property and protection of students and teachers from unwanted intrusion. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, said. We hope it will not be necessary for schools to be forced to decide whether to add additional physical barriers to their schools or fix the air conditioning. "It's burning just fine on its own". We believe parents will be more confident their children are protected if there are armed officers at every school. Also rejected was an amendment to allow police to seize weapons from someone under a domestic violence injunction.

Senator Greg Steube said, "If it has the age increases and the waiting periods in it I will not support it". Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. Linda Stewart, an Orlando Democrat who offered an amendment Saturday that sought to ban them.

Raising the age to buy assault type weapons is certainly a reasonable proposal and one that should have been done before this latest tragedy.

They argued that a ban on any specific weapon would be unconstitutional, and the first step toward confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, according to the Tampa Bay Times. After it appeared the two-year moratorium on the sale, delivery and transfer of AR-15-style rifles had passed by a voice vote, minutes later, that motion was reconsidered, and ultimately reversed by a roll call vote, with 17 votes in favor of the amendment and 21 against it. The result was legislators spent Friday finding a new middle ground and the Senate will hold a rare Saturday session. "It's very important that as a community we come together and pay tribute and honor his sacrifice". "We can all get behind (it) if we don't have something like this in it that splits us down the middle", Braynon said. But senators extended the session to 9pm as debate on numerous amendments extended for hours.