For the first time in 20 years, the Florida House has passed gun control reform, and the bill has now reached Governor Scott’s desk. However, Governor Scott is not saying whether he’ll sign it or not.
In a statement, he explained that “When the bill makes it to my desk, I’ll do what they don’t seem to do in Washington. I’m going to review the bill line by line and the group I’m going to be talking to, the groups I care the most about right now, because it impacted them so much, is families.”
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act was voted on 67-50, being opposed by 19 Republicans and 30 Democrats, but it includes a “school marshal plan” that allows some school employees to carry guns on campus. And, Governor Rick Scott has been vehemently opposed to properly training and arming school employees.
Still, the bill makes changes to current Florida gun laws that include a three-day waiting period on purchasing a gun, raising the minimum age of buying a gun from 18 to 21, and it imposes a complete ban on purchasing bump stocks, which enables a semi-automatic rifle to shoot like an automatic one. It also includes millions of dollars that would be invested in strengthening the safety of schools, which is where the “school marshal plan” comes into play.
Though Governor Scott commented on Tuesday that the plans were “a step in the right direction,” it’s still to be determined to see if he’ll be signing the bill into law.