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Here's How Florida's New Gun Bill Highlights the Urban-Rural Divide On Second Amendment Rights


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In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed by Nikolas Cruz, there was a renewed call for legislative action on firearms. In Tallahassee, the state legislature just passed a bill that is now heading for Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for signature. Is it what Democrats wanted? Probably not, but they’re working within the confines of a Republican-dominated legislature. 
The bill authorizes a program, which pending school district approval, will permit school employees and teachers to carry concealed firearms on campus providing applicants get training from law enforcement. The age to purchase long guns has been raised to 21 from 18, institutes a waiting period, bans bump stocks, provides more mental health programs for schools, and establishes an anonymous tip line to report possible threats (via Associated Press):
The vote of 67-50 reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. The measure, a response to the shootings at a Parkland high school that left 17 dead, is supported by the victims’ families.

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