Looks like the Florida GOP-controlled House has followed suit, voting 67-50 to enact the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.”
As mentioned below, the 105-page bill contains measures to both improve school security and tighten restrictions on gun ownership.
One of our readers was specifically concerned about the portion of the bill that bans bump stocks and similar devices. From the legislation:
790.222 Bump-fire stocks prohibited.—A person may not import into this state or transfer, distribute, sell, keep for sale, offer for sale, possess, or give to another person a bump fire stock. A person who violates this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.741 775.083, or s. 775.084.
As used in this section, the term “bum fire stock” means a conversion kit, a tool, an accessory, or a device used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire such semiautomatic firearm unassisted by a kit, a tool, an accessory, or a device.
The question is whether there is a grandfather clause for current owners of reciprocating stocks. Doesn’t appear to be the case based on the text.
Gov. Rick Scott, meanwhile, will now review the bill and decide whether it’s worthy of his John Hancock.
“I’m going to take the time and I’m going to read the bill and I’m going to talk to families,” said the Republican governor.
Things are moving fast in the Sunshine State. The Florida Senate this week approved a comprehensive gun control package in response to the mass killing at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Narrowly, by a vote of 20-18, the Senate approved bills to ban gun sales to anyone under the age of 21, prohibit the purchase and possession of bump stocks and establish a three-day wait period for all gun buyers.
Along with those anti-gun provisions, the package sets aside $400 million for hardening schools and improving 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.
Teachers are barred from carrying guns under a last-minute amendment proposed by Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Miami). But other school personnel including support staff, those who are current or retired military and JROTC instructors would be exempt.
“The goal is to make sure that those instructional personnel that are in the classroom cannot participate in the program,” Garcia told The Miami Herald. “This is an opt-in program … It’s dependent on the school district and the sheriff to determine if it participates in the program.”
Legislation to ban black rifles and magazines with a capacity of 10 or more rounds was voted down.
The Florida House will now take a look at the legislation. Given its tendency to lean pro-gun, it’s likely that more changes will be made to the package before it lands on the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. Stay tuned. The legislative session ends this Friday. We’ll know how this all shakes out in the very near future.