Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs gun safety bill in response to Parkland school shooting
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Nearly a month after 17 people were killed in a horrific Florida school shooting, the state’s governor, Rick Scott, signed a gun safety bill Friday that raised the minimum age to buy a gun but also allows some teachers to be armed.
Surrounded by families affected by the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, Scott formally signed the SB 7026, the so-called “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” named after the school where the tragedy took place.
The Florida House voted to pass the bill, which includes a controversial measure to arm some teachers and other school personnel who undergo special training sanctioned by the state, earlier this week.
The teacher-arming provision would allow school districts that don’t want to participate to opt out of the program.
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