Florida lawmakers shoot down ban on AR-15's

Florida lawmakers shoot down ban on AR-15's

The Florida Senate is debating school-safety and gun regulations in the aftermath of the Parkland school shootings.

A final vote on the bill won't happen until Monday, and Senate leaders said they were conferring with their House colleagues to ensure that the measure will have sufficient support in that chamber. Every no vote was cast by Republicans.

The Senate briefly adopted a temporary ban on the AR-15, but then backed off.

The state senate initially passed the measure on a voice vote, but the body reconsidered the amendment and voted to overturn it.

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Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooter opened fire on February 14.

"I want us to do today what the kids asked us to do when 10,000 of them came up here on the steps of the Capitol and asked us, " she said.

The Senate was originally scheduled to wrap up discussion by 1 p.m., but extended the session to 9 p.m.

A video monitor shows school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, left, with public defender Melisa McNeille, making an appearance before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Broward County Court, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "I do not want to delay consideration of Senate Bill 7026 until next week, possibly affecting the House's ability to hear the Senate Bill".

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"I don't think they are ever that great when loosening gun laws", GiaQuinta said. Its next stop will be to the Florida House, where a similar bill has not been heard in committee.

The bill also would raise the gun-buying age from 18 to 21 and mandates a three-day waiting period for purchases.

Republican lawmakers, with majorities in the US Congress and the Florida state legislature, have been cool on bringing in major reforms on the sales of firearms.

Sen. Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat who is chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, pleaded with senators to support an amendment that would have removed the marshal program from the bill, saying that it would further endanger minority children who are at risk of gun violence. They have filed dozens of amendments that ban assault rifles and broaden background checks. "With all that's occurred recently, we need to be very mindful that we are not taking away the ability for locals to be able to train". Law enforcement officers may seize guns and ammunition in those cases, though they must also return those weapons once the person who owned them is no longer under examination.

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"While we believe that a ban on assault weapons is more appropriate. we understand compromise", Parkland Commissioner Grace Solomon testified at the committee hearing. The moment of silence was called for in a proclamation issued by Gov. Rick Scott declaring February 14 as Marjory Stoneman Douglas Remembrance Day.

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