Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs school safety bill into law.
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The US state of Florida, scene of America's latest school shooting, on Wednesday passed bill that raises the minimum age to buy firearms to 21 while funding a program that allows some teachers and school employees to be armed.
The lawsuit was filed hours after Gov. Rick Scott signed the state's first gun control measure in over two decades, a measure the NRA said "punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual". Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said the same. Prosecutors have 45 days to decide whether they want to seek the death penalty.
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The Legislature delivered the bill to Scott on Thursday. The letter came a day after the Florida Legislature narrowly approved a sweeping gun and school safety bill, following a school shooting that killed 17 people.
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Scott, who said he is an NRA member and will continue to be one, said he is still "not persuaded" about the guardian program that will let districts authorize staff members to carry handguns if they complete law enforcement training.
The NRA focused its criticism on the age-based gun ban and new waiting periods.
President Donald Trump has drawn criticism for his proposal to arm teachers in an attempt to prevent future shootings of this nature.
The new gun restrictions have infuriated the powerful National Rifle Association, in a state the gun-rights organization has used for years as a testing ground for model legislation.
"I'm going to review the bill line-by-line, and the group that I'm going to be talking to, the group that I care the most about right now, because it impacted them so much, is the families", Scott told reporters Wednesday. We call on more states, to follow Florida's lead, and create meaningful legislation to make all schools safer.
Meanwhile, he criticised the inaction in the White House and Capitol.
Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in the massacre, said: "More needs to be done, and it's important for the country to be united in the same way the 17 families united in support of this bill".
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Following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February, Florida lawmakers have signed into law a new bill that will serve as the first step towards gun law reform in the state.