Florida Raises Minimum Age To Buy A Gun, Allows Some Armed Teachers
‘You made your voices heard,’ Gov. Rick Scott told survivors of the Parkland school shooting.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill introducing sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws on Friday, in the first legislation enacted since a gunman took the lives of 17 people at a high school last month.
The bill tightens gun control, raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 and banning bump stocks. It institutes a three-day waiting period for long guns. But the bill also allows some teachers with special training to be armed — although that program is optional and school districts may opt out.
Surrounded by families of the victims, Scott said, “To the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, you made your voices heard. You didn’t let up and you fought until there was change.”
After the bill signing, United Airlines captain Tony Montalto spoke on behalf of the victims’ families. His daughter, Gina Rose, died during the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School.