The Florida Senate Approved An AR-15 Ban. Then They Didn't.

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"So right now I'm trying to do things my way and help", he said.

- Enhance safety and security in schools.

If just one more senator voted no instead of yes Monday evening, the bill would have died. She represents the district where the high school is located.

Putting a law enforcement officer in every public school in Florida, with one officer per every 1,000 students by the 2018 school year. "But what I disagree with more is the idea of our allowing the great to be the enemy of the good and letting the session come to a close without some meaningful legislation".

After a blizzard of Democratic amendments, all of which failed, the Florida House pushed forward a major school safety and gun access bill crafted following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"Take the guns first, go through due process second", Mr Trump said. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, who sponsored the amendment.

It's important to get the message out that school violence isn't OK, THS student Mckenzie Fitzpartick said.

The measure in its entirety still must pass the Florida House.

And he said the bill will make a difference.

The bill would change the language to "stipulate that no educational institution shall issue such written authorization to any teacher, professor, administrator, or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard".

He floated an amendment proposed by the Senate to close a loophole that allows coaches, librarians and extra-curricula advisers to be armed. That was meant to address black lawmakers' concerns that teachers with guns might discriminate against black students in deciding when to use them.

"Where in your bill does it prevent a school guardian from possessing an AR-15?" asked Representative Kionee McGee (D - Miami).

In the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, state lawmakers are struggling to reach a consensus on new regulations to protect schools.

"I supported a ban on assault weapons".

"Do I think this bill goes far enough?"

The bill does not include a weapons ban, something that has been highly debated since 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz used an assault weapon to slay teachers and former classmates.

The complete failure of the various law-enforcement agencies in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is nothing less than disgraceful. Originally, it was called the "school marshal program".

More: There are hundreds of new state gun laws since Newtown.

The bill raises the minimum age to buy a rifle or a shotgun to 21 from 18 and bans the use, sale or possession of bump stocks, which were used in the October 1 shooting deaths of 58 people in Las Vegas.

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