BREAKING: Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Gun Control Bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signing The Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. (Photo: NY Times)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Friday The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The good news?  The bill sets aside approx. $400 million to harden schools and improve mental health services.  Funds may be used for mobile crisis teams, the purchase of metal detectors, bulletproof glass and the hiring of student resource officers, reports NPR.

The bad news?  Adults under the age of 21 are prohibited from purchasing firearms.  Bump stocks are banned.  Those caught possessing, buying or selling reciprocating stocks (and similar devices) will face felony charges.  By the looks of it, there is no grandfather clause for current owners.  And finally, there will be a 3-day waiting period for firearm purchases.  Even for gun owners with concealed carry permits.

SEE ALSO: Florida Senate & House Approve Big Gun Bill: Bump Stock Ban, Age Restrictions, 3-Day Waits

“Every student in Florida has the right to learn in a safe environment, and every parent has the right to send their kids to school knowing that they will return safely at the end of the day,” said the Republican governor in his address. “Today, I am signing bipartisan legislation that helps us achieve that.”

The National Rifle Association applauded the school security and mental health aspects of the legislation but panned the waiting period and the age restriction for gun purchases. It did not lament the ban on bump stocks that immediately turns law-abiding citizens into felons. Because the NRA supports prohibiting bump stocks.

“This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.

“Securing our schools and protecting the constitutional rights of Americans are not mutually exclusive,” he continued.  “Instead of looking to the root cause of this premeditated violence, the gun control provisions in this law wrongly blame millions of Floridians who safely and responsibly exercise their right to self-defense.”

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Angel Duran February 19, 2021, 11:59 am

    gov rick scott,,really feb/19/2021

  • Rich June 20, 2019, 9:09 am

    He wants to make the schools safer? Ask Kate Nixon’s family in Virginia Beach if they think “gun free zones” are safer! Kate left her gun at home to obey the law and now she and 11 others are dead because she followed the law and was not permitted to defend herself or the others. Guns don’t kill people, GUN FREE ZONES KILL PEOPLE!!!

  • Old Corp August 8, 2018, 6:08 pm

    Spent most of my life in the New York bubble then moved to Fla. Guess what people. It doesn’t matter!!!!

  • ArturS March 16, 2018, 11:17 pm

    Instead of reducing taxes, they spend money on all sorts of nonsense. 400 million is the main thing!

  • Bill March 16, 2018, 9:55 pm

    Democrats will not vote for Scott because they’re Democrats. Second Amendment Republicans won’t vote for Scott because he’s an anti-gun RINO’s, so that hands the Senate reelection to that brain dead Bill Nelson, sad day for Republicans.

  • mmfan1 March 16, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Let’s raise the driving and voting age limits to 21 also. Kids these days are lazy whiners. They can join the military and shoot though.

  • Gary March 16, 2018, 2:19 pm

    I’ve talked to anti gunners at my work and when you rationally sit down and explain things to them and explain that you have owned these firearms and never hurt anyone, it’s almost like a light went on. They literally seem to be brainwashed into thinking the media’s way on things. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s kind of scary that the media had like hypnotic powers anymore. I wish I could talk to people on a greater scale. I think part of the problem is we do not listen to these people’s fears. They have legitimate concerns. True enough. But the vast majority of legal gun owners use their guns responsibly and do not abuse their rights. I think we need to let them talk and then counter what they say in a respectful way to make any grounds because we are loosing right now. The satanic media will parade these kids corpses out to make us look bad. Time to hit back but in a smart way.

    • Steve March 21, 2018, 11:14 am

      Agree totally. The liberal media is hurting everyone with mis information. Out right lies sums it up better.
      Anyone else notice how all the violence started after the gun laws were enacted? And the media is not a friend of the gun grabbers either. They inspire binge buying with every story of predicted legislation. God Bless America.

  • Dave Brown March 16, 2018, 1:44 pm

    Gunner for 54 or my 66 years, and I am happy with FL. I lived during time with many a regulation that was imposed after Kennedy and others got killed. They removed those rules since, yet they did not hurt me one bit. I have voted since I was 18, and yes my Draft Card said #252 to Vet Nam, yet I could not legally drink. So What, The NRA is all about the money, as are The Right and The Left. It is time for them to Man or Lady Up and do what US want them to do. It ain’t gonna hurt me, and no they ain’t coming for my guns.

  • MadDogMike March 16, 2018, 12:19 pm

    As a Father and Grandfather I can’t imagine the pain and heartache that the recent shootings have brought down upon the families of the victims. But as a former Deputy Sheriff and law abiding gun owner I’m extremely concerned about what is occurring. We have people who have absolutely no idea or knowledge about firearms taking the national stage and rambling on about “assault” rifles, “clips” instead of the proper term of magazines, how pistol grips allow someone to shoot a gun faster and “automatic” rifles and how they kill all these people and how they just have to ban those “horrible things”. I can assure you that in all my years of gun ownership, never once has any of my guns sneaked out of the house and went on a killing rampage. I bet that a golfer’s clubs didn’t leave their house to play a round of golf or beat people to death all on their own either. It is tragic what has happened in our schools lately but the guns didn’t do this, mentally deficient people did these things.
    Here are some facts that need to be heard before our politicians start down a road from which we may not return from or start civil unrest in this country not seen since the Revolutionary War by trying to ban or confiscate our weapons.
    Fact #1 – AR15 DOES NOT stand for “Assault Rifle” – it originally stood for the Armalite Rifle Company and was the 15th design during the rifles development, hence AR15. Just as people are prone to calling something by a generic name, such as when they call any brand of adhesive bandage a “Band Aid”, the public has taken to calling any AR15 style rifle an “assault” rifle, even though it may be made by any number of manufactures and is certainly not a military assault rifle.
    Fact #2 – The proper moniker for this style rifle is Modern Sporting Rifle or MSR. Just as cars have evolved from the Model A to the modern cars of today, firearms have done the same. We’ve gone from early flintlocks to bolt action rifles to the MSR of today. The rifles modularity gives shooters many, many options to fit and customize their rifles to their unique tastes and shooting styles.
    Fact #3 – The anti-gun crowd points to the fact that the “AR15” is the weapon of choice for these deranged individuals that commit these heinous acts and “they MUST be banned, these evil, evil guns just have to go”. The reason that an MSR is used in a lot of these tragedies is due to the law of averages – it is the most popular rifle in all of history. By that simple fact alone, it is the most likely rifle to be used – there are simply more of them and therefore more likely to be present at one of these crimes. GM makes the most cars in the world, therefore due to the law of averages a GM branded automobile will be at the scene of the most crashes. I don’t see people scrambling to ban GM autos from the roads or telling people they can’t own one because they’re the brand at the most accident scenes. But yet here they are trying to do just that to us law abiding legitimate gun owners!

    Fact #4 – Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, an average 3,287 deaths a day. Where’s the cry to ban automobiles. These cars did not start themselves and take off down the road on a murderous rampage any more than guns load themselves and take off in search of a killing spree. The cars and the firearms are inanimate objects, no different than a hammer, golf club or flower pot. Each of those cars had a person driving it, a person who was either speeding, driving reckless, drunk or distracted. The guns had a mentally deficient person firing them – they didn’t fire themselves. So why blame the gun and call for restrictions, banning, etc. Why aren’t these same people screaming at the top of their lungs for the banning of those evil cars that kill 3,287 people EACH AND EVERY DAY?
    Fact #5 – The anti-gunners talk about how no one needs a “military” weapon. The MSR is not a military weapon, a military weapon is a full automatic firing rifle which again an MSR is not. Fully automatic weapons have been closely regulated since 1934. What the anti-gunners are objecting to is the way these rifles look. They call them “black rifles”, “scary looking”, “military like”, etc., etc. If you go down to your local car dealer and buy a six cylinder Camaro or Mustang, take it home, decal and paint it up to look like a race car, do you actually have a race car? The answer is no. You have something that looks like a race car but it lacks the modified engine, the race suspension, tuned exhaust and everything else that would make it a race car. It may “look” like a race car but it’s not going to perform like a race car. An MSR might “look” like an actual military fully automatic “assault” weapon but it’s not one. Your neighbor may not be into race cars and vehemently object to your ride and the “way it looks” but they can’t demand that you sell it or dismantle it. But they’re trying to do that to firearms owners!
    So, faced with these facts, why do these people, the ones who dislike guns, the shooting sports, etc. think they can impose their unfounded, false beliefs upon law abiding gun owners and take away our pursuit of happiness? If they don’t want guns don’t buy them, but don’t try to tell me that I can’t own and enjoy them.
    But, here we go again, anti-gunners, politicians, uninformed citizens all clamoring for something to be done about those evil black “assault weapons” that are killing people. People kill people.
    Politicians need to understand these facts as well and not bend to the will of this vocal misinformed minority just to make someone feel good. A large part of these anti-gunners calling for restrictions, banning, etc. have only one goal in mind – disarm Americans.

    • Dan March 16, 2018, 2:14 pm

      Very well said!

  • Charlie March 16, 2018, 11:48 am

    Where in the Constitution does it give him the right to excerpt the rights of the people. Where in the Second does it say anything about gender-age-type of firearm-number of firearms or waiting period. I have looked and looked. I can NOT find it. Maybe these two idiot Democrats could help. Only I do not think they have the ability to read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. They have proven this fact.

  • Johnny Reb March 16, 2018, 11:42 am

    Rick Scott should have his balls removed as he doesn’t know what they are for. Students need put in their place as they are minors. Nothing more needs said…. Long Live The CSA……. My Flag Will Never Come Down!!

    • Scotty Gunn March 16, 2018, 6:38 pm

      Dick Snot is only thinking of his political future. He thinks he just landed the majority voters in the next election. Won’t he be surprised to find out that CNN and the like lied to him.

  • Pseudo March 16, 2018, 11:41 am

    Strange the brain washing media does not mention much about Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter was only 20, killed his mother, stole her AR 15 and probably the other two pistols he had with them. Isn’t it strange that when one removes discipline from one’s early life, the rights one believes they are entitled to in life.

    It is the same as the more you peel the layers of the onion, the more woe is me becomes the mantra for so many.

    We have totally become a nation of the inmates running the asylum. How is it non adult students can dictate via the lame propaganda media?

  • krinkov54t March 16, 2018, 9:18 am

    Hey azzhole you provide full compensation for seized property? What about expostfacto? Hope you fry in lowest Hell when you die traitor Marxist new world orderest.

  • Mark Are March 16, 2018, 9:12 am

    PEOPLE!!!! You ALL NEED TO LEARN ABOUT JURY NULLIFICATION and be GLAD when you get picked for jury duty. FIJA.ORG is the place to go. It is the LAST BOX available before the BULLET BOX. Learn and USE it. Start throwing a monkey wrench into their wretched criminal “justice” system that cages people for non violent victimless acts. NO VICTIM, NO CRIME. NO CRIME, NOT GUILTY JUDGE. Make then PROVE there was a victim and then convict. Owning a gun accessory can’t be a crime. Shooting someone with MALICE AFORETHOUGHT is. QUIT allowing people to be caged for victimless acts. DO YOUR DUTY AS A CITIZEN and FIND them NOT GUILTY via JURY nullification. Spread the word This needs to be understood by every gun owner in the USA.

  • Veteran March 16, 2018, 9:04 am

    I will never vote for Scott or Bill Nelson the only thing they want is the money . How can they take our rights away from us isn’t this a free country .People are getting sick and tired of every time something happens they want to take and take from us. They need to be replaced . Let’s see. You can join the military and be 18 and carry a rifle or pistol and protect the U.S. But wait they can’t they are not 21 yet so that means if they get sent to war they can’t protect their self or the U.S. People let’s vote them out and put a person with common since in office .

  • Greg Webb March 16, 2018, 8:45 am

    Politicians are never to be trusted!!
    They really don’t like armed citizens because they cannot really control them.
    And total control is the endgame.

  • M Atkinson March 16, 2018, 7:50 am


  • Pseudo March 16, 2018, 6:30 am

    He is being cloned into another copy of Bill Nelson, who is the male version of (I think he is a male, as I know he does not have a man card) pelosi, Hitlary, Feinstein, smucker and other brain dead office holders. He has pretty much announced he wants to run for Nelson’s seat, Nelson is a democrapper and Scott claims to be a Republican, one can readily see he was bought and is trying to by votes. I know I will do what I can to see this POS does not get elected.

  • Tommie N. Thompson March 16, 2018, 5:15 am

    There needs to be an immediate lawsuit made against this load of crap! And Rick Scott is just another Democrat in Republican clothes (RINO)!

  • Chuck Kimberl March 12, 2018, 12:23 pm

    What a left wing puke. I hope he realizes that he just signed his politcal life away.

    • joefoam March 16, 2018, 9:47 am

      Just in case you haven’t noticed the letter behind the politicians name means nothing anymore. It would be appropriate to put LP(lying politician) behind all their names. This guy should have a ton of letters flooding his office telling him to not be to comfy in the governors mansion as he should be voted out. The key wording in this law is ‘possession’. If that wording stands, owners who don’t turn in (with no compensation as in NJ) or destroy their banned items become instant felons. Let that soak in. You could go to prison for owning something that was perfectly legal prior to enactment of this law. Imagine what that could do to your life, sitting in prison while the bank takes your house and cars, and then getting out and trying to get a job with a felony conviction on your resume. All so some politician can say ‘look at me, I did something, vote for me again’.

  • Jaque Bauer March 10, 2018, 9:42 pm

    We’re going to run Rick Scott out of the Senate seat he hopes to win. Then out of Florida. He’s a dirty Marxist rat who betrayed his base of support all for applause from the left. The legislature also chose to abandon law abiding Floridians. Laws that do nothing but make some feel good. You can bet the Marxists will use the bump stock law to ban a wide range of gun accessories and gunsmithing work.

  • Mark March 10, 2018, 12:55 am

    Stabbed in the back by the Gay Old Paedophiles.

    • Blue Dog March 10, 2018, 5:47 pm

      Honestly, would you expect any less? Few expect integrity from politicians, fewer still from Republicans.
      He sees the wind blowing, he fears defying the mob and seeks re-election. How many of his peers would sell out their own mothers, much less anonymous constituents for 10 times less?

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