The Florida senate has passed new gun legislation in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas tragedy that took the lives of 17 students and staff members in Parkland, Florida.
The school safety bill will place new restrictions on rifle sales, create mental health programs, and will allow certain teachers to carry a gun onto school campuses.
In specifics, the bill raises the age to purchase a gun to 21, allows teachers who participate in the proposed gun program to carry a gun onto campus, and creates a 3-day waiting period to purchase weapons.
Many Republicans did not like the idea of raising the minimum age to by an assault rifle nor did they like the 3 day waiting period to purchase the a gun, while many Democrats were not happy with the bill saying it did not go far enough to protect children as it did not ban assault-style rifles or large-capacity magazines.
Senators also voted the name the teacher’s program after coach Aaron Feis who died shielding students at Stoneman Douglas from gunfire.
The bill passed in the Senate 20-18, next the bill will go to the Florida’s House.