Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a gun control bill Friday that will allow some school staffers to arm themselves at work. The NRA, naturally, loves this measure, which will create a $67 million program that will train and arm some school staff. While counselors, coaches, and librarians will be eligible to volunteer, classroom teachers will not. This compromise was largely opposed by survivors of the Parkland massacre, as well as by Gov. Scott himself. Gun nuts, rejoice.
The NRA and their buddies in the gun industry are less thrilled about the bill's other measures, which include raising the age required to purchase a gun from 18 to 21; instituting a three-day waiting period for gun purchases; banning the sale or possession of bump stocks; and giving police law enforcement more authority to confiscate guns and ammo from people with mental health issues.
This is the first gun control bill passed in Florida in 20 years. In that time, at least 25 adults and children have been killed by firearms on schools or campuses, including the 17 last month in Parkland.