Senate delays vote on Fla. school safety bill

The Latest Florida House debates school safety bill

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, has pushed a bill to enhance criminal background checks, a bill requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to tell states when someone fails a background check, a program for intervening when children are potential threats, and some form of temporary gun-violence restraining order. Sen.

Galvano said he included what he thought was necessary for school safety, and he "did not want to include at this point a complete ban on firearms" because he said he thought an assault weapons ban would not be constitutional under the privacy and right to bear arms provisions of Floridas Constitution.

The sharply-divided legislature spent the day debating a wide-ranging bill drafted in the aftermath of the Parkland school shootings.

The bill to ban assault weapons, including the AR-15 used in the school shooting, failed by a 20-to-17 vote.

The Senate had planned to take up its version of the legislation Friday, but with dozens of amendments drafted by Democrats, Senate leaders chose to spend almost eight hours Saturday debating the issue.

Combine funding for school resource officers and the school marshal program.

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Florida's senators don't see eye to eye on gun control measures either. While crafted by Republicans, some GOP senators still opposed it because they don't agree with raising the minimum age to guy a rifle from 18 to 21 or requiring a waiting period to buy the weapons.

Democrats believe the legislation doesn't go far enough in some ways and too far in others.

Reaction was swift. Stoneman Douglas student Jackie Corin, who organized 100 of her fellow students to come to Tallahassee earlier in the week, tweeted: "The Florida Senate has rejected the ban of AR-15s, the weapon of choice used at my school to kill 17 souls".

Allow family members to take out risk-protection orders, which prevent people who could harm themselves or others, from purchasing guns.

Allow police to take away weapons from someone under a domestic violence injunction. The Senate is expected to approve the measure Monday and send it to the House, where leaders there hope to approve it in time for it to reach the governors desk before the session ends on Friday. Lawmakers are scrambling to take some kind of action before then. The bill passed the House with no opposition last week. Every no vote was cast by Republicans.

Scott opposes the idea of arming teachers.

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