A sweeping gun control has now passed the House and Senate in Florida. The Senate Monday voted 20-18 to pass the bill, while the House voted today 67-50 to pass the measure. The bill is now heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk, who said he was not sure if he was going to sign it.
Governor Scott wants a few days to virtue signal to the press in front of the families of the grieving victims to show how great of a human being he is before he takes away the second amendment rights of all Floridians under 21.
In case anyone forgets, Rick Scott is pro 2nd amendment. He had reservations about making people wait for three days before getting their guns, none about taking away constitutional rights to purchase guns for full citizens.
Scott also made sure to mention to the cameras that the only “group” he’ll be meeting with are families, a veiled shot across the bow for those at the NRA due to their opposition to the bill. “The group that I’m going to be talking to — the groups that I care most about right now because it impacted them so much — is the families,” Scott said.
What the final bill says
The final version includes the following measures:
- Raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18;
- Require a three-day waiting period for firearm purchases, with some exceptions;
- Ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, which allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire more like an automatic weapon;
- Give law enforcement more authority to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit or otherwise a threat;
- Provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and mental health services.
CNN states that the most controversial measure, not the one that blocks all adults from purchasing all firearms until 21, is the one that allows armed school staff.
In a nod to the political correctness culture that permeates the Republican party, the Florida legislature also passed a democrat amendment that increases mandatory training from 132 to 144 hours. The extra 12 hours will be for diversity training.
However, many school administration officials blasted the measure. Paula D. Wright, Chairman of Duval County School Board said in a statement, “They hurriedly passed an ill-advised and ill-equipped plan to say ‘we have acted, and now we wash our hands and transfer all the burden to school districts and sheriffs.'”
Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed, urged Scott to sign the bill because his own grief means everyone else must lose their rights.
“We know that when it comes to preventing future acts of school violence, today’s vote is just the beginning of our journey. We applaud the members of the Florida Legislature that courageously voted against their own political self-interest to do the right thing for the safety of our schools.”
Never thought we would see the day that the Republican party would become the party of the lesser gun grabbers.