Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Gun Package

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Gun Package

Scott announced his decision to sign the bill earlier Friday at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, where he was joined by victims' families and surviving students from the Parkland school. "I'm going to be an NRA member when I'm not governor", Scott said at the bill signing.

Seventeen people were killed on February 14 when a 19-year-old former student stormed into a school building spraying fire from an AR-15 assault rifle.

"We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18 to 21 year olds", said Marion Hammer, lobbyist for the NRA in Florida. "At 18 years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for nearly all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights".

The National Rifle Association has challenged the law in federal court.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg has been an outspoken advocate for stricter gun laws since a teenager with an AR-15 killed 17 people at his school.

In the lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of Florida, the NRA argues the state of Florida has simply gone too far with the purchase age increase.

She says Trump's effort is "a pragmatic plan" that will "dramatically" improve safety in schools.

Bondi also lauded the students of Stoneman Douglas, many of whom have called for tougher gun laws.

The suit was filed just over an hour after Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law.

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"We are happy and ready to keep working!", wrote junior Connor Dietrich.

Officials in Ogden School District weren't aware of any planned demonstrations as of Tuesday, said spokesman Jer Bates, but "we definitely are aware there's student interest, so we're gauging it closely".

Trump has also vowed to ban the use of bump stock devices that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons.

It also includes a voluntary "guardian program" named after Coach Aaron Feis who was slain in the Parkland attack, which is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed.

"I understand the angst about the guardian program but I can't help but think about the coaches who literally ran in as shields to protect their students ... while guys with guns were standing outside", said Republican member Chris Latvala.

"Preventing a responsible 20-year-old from purchasing the best tool for self-defense will not stop a deranged criminal intent on committing a crime", the NRA said.

It also includes a provision requiring Florida Teacher Unions to go through a re-certification process if their membership levels fall beneath a certain level.

The program is mainly aimed at staff such as coaches and school personnel, with teachers eligible if they have military or law enforcement experience.