Florida Attempts to Pass Gun Control Legislations

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On Monday, Florida’s Senate approved reforms to the state’s gun laws due to the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. During this shooting, 19 year old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and faculty members and wounded several others. The shooting occurred on Valentines Day when the shooter came to the school in an Uber. What happened afterwards is an event that many people will always remember. Many of the survivors of the attack have spoken up about gun reform in America to stop another shooting like this from happening again. The Florida Senate has passed a reform to raise the minimum age limit for buying a gun along with allowing school counselors, librarians, or even coaches to be armed in school.


After a debate on Monday, the law makers in Florida came to a compromise where teachers aren’t allowed to carry guns in school, but other faculty are. The legislation also raised the minimum age limit to buy a gun from 18 years old to 21 years old. There was also a legislation passed allowing sheriffs to create programs to train school personnel on how to properly use a gun. A $67 million training program would allow for sheriffs to train and arm certain people in the school faculty. Senator Bill Galvano legislative package which also includes funding for mental health programs and gun control measures that were opposed by the National Rifle Association is now heading to the State House for approval. .


Many democrats in the Senate opposed the legislation but were outnumbered by the Republicans. Democratic Florida Senator, José Javier Rodriguez described the passing of the legislation in the State Senate as “Fulfilling part of the N.A.R’s dream.” This legislation uplifts gun-free safe zones from schools, which has been a longtime goal for the N.R.A. This legislation has also been supported by President Donald Trump.