Gov. Scott has just signed the bill in Florida crafted in the wake of the massacre at the high school in Parkland last month:
BREAKING: In break with NRA, Florida GOP Gov. Scott signs a compromise gun bill written after a deadly school shooting.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 9, 2018
WATCH: Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which raises the age to buy firearms to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases.— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 9, 2018
Our previous report with details on the bill → https://t.co/iWbR7VTeGW pic.twitter.com/UCz1mIXqln
Here are the details on the bill from CNN:
– Raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18;
– Require a three-day waiting period for firearm purchases, with some exceptions;
– Ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, which allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire more like an automatic weapon;
– Give law enforcement more authority to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit or otherwise a threat;
– Provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and mental health services.
The state Senate on Monday amended the most contentious provision in the bill, which would establish a voluntary program that allowing school personnel to be armed if they undergo 144 hours of training.
Under the change, those who “exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers” wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the program. Teachers who perform additional duties, like coaching football or heading the drama club, would be allowed to participate, as would other school staff like
Here are the exceptions to the waiting period:
(2) The 3-day waiting period does shall not apply in the following circumstances:
712 (a) When a firearm handgun is being purchased by a holder of a concealed weapons permit as defined in s. 790.06.
714 (b) To a trade-in of another firearm handgun.
715 (c) To the purchase of a rifle or shotgun, upon a person’s successfully completing a minimum of a 16-hour hunter safety course and possessing a hunter safety certification card issued under s. 379.3581. A person who is exempt from the hunter safety course requirements under s. 379.3581 and holds a valid Florida hunting license, is exempt from the mandatory waiting period under this section for the purchase of a rifle or shotgun.’
722 (d) When a rifle or shotgun is being purchased by a law enforcement officer or correctional officer, as those terms are defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9), or a servicemember as defined in s. 250.01.