Florida senators pass gun restrictions; US House yet to act

2018-03-06 08:06
Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear the bill banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee. (Mark Wallheiser, AP)

Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear the bill banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee. (Mark Wallheiser, AP)

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Tallahassee - The Florida Senate has passed a school safety bill that would place new restrictions on rifle sales, allow some teachers to carry guns in schools and create new school mental health programmes.

The Senate voted 20-18 on Monday for the bill that's a response to the February 14 school shootings in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

Few, if any, senators were completely happy with the legislation.

READ: School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

Many Republicans don't like the idea of raising the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 or creating a waiting period to purchase the weapons.

Many Democrats think the bill didn't go far enough because it doesn't include a ban on assault-style rifles or large-capacity magazines.

Florida's House has not yet taken up its version of the bill.

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