Mar 10 2018
06:48 am

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida, signed a bill placing new restrictions on guns.

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, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a so-called guardian program enabling some teachers and other school employees to carry guns.

This is a start. Better than what the Tennessee legislature would be willing to do.

Shortly after Gov. Scott signed the bill, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit to block it.


The bill also "gives police more authority to confiscate weapons."

Understandably so, the Florida teachers union is not happy about teachers being armed.

The bill does include some restrictions:
Eligible to carry guns into schools would be a teacher who is a member of the U.S. Reserves or National Guard, in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program, or is a current or former law enforcement officer. Staff members could volunteer for the program but classroom teachers who exclusively perform instruction would be blocked from the program.

In addition, any school system is able to say no to the offer. "The governor cannot veto individual items in the bill itself, but he does have line-item veto power with the budget."


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