NRA Says New Florida Gun-Control Law Punishes Law-Abiding Gun Owners

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Then on Valentine's Day, the entire tone and focus of the session turned to protecting schools.

The bill does not ban selling or owning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 assault rifle Nikolas Cruz used to massacre 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, north of Miami, on February 14. The next day, lawmakers left the capital for four days.

Bondi also lauded the students of Stoneman Douglas, many of whom have called for tougher gun laws. You made a difference.

"This bill is not ideal, and sadly it will not bring back the 17 lives lost in the horrific school shooting, but the safety of our children is not a political issue, it's simply the right thing to do", she said.

The NRA also argues that the bill would be particularly detrimental to young women under the age of 21, who are "much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population, who are unaffected by the ban".

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Media outlets have relied mostly on leaked records and sporadic releases of other public records to piece together a timeline of events leading up to the shooting. They passed an $89 billion budget, put limits on opioid prescriptions and voted to place a slavery memorial on the Capitol grounds.

One of those getting a tattoo was 38-year-old Steven Porter, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1998. "You're over 18, you serve in the military, you should be able to buy a gun", Bay County resident Clifton Williams said. Rick Scott didn't seem too anxious about a potential lawsuit at the bill signing ceremony, though. It also strengthens waiting-period regulations for gun purchases in Florida, and bans "bump stock" products that allow consumers to modify firearms so they operate like automatic weapons.

Most of the law takes effect immediately, although the ban on the sale and possession of bump stocks kicks in on October 1, 2018, to give people who now own them time to get rid of them. And it allows some school staffers to be armed.

The new proposals appear to reflect the clout of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which champions Americans' constitutional right to bear arms.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed, said more needed to be done, but there's enough good in the bill that it should pass. "I'm going to be an NRA member when I'm not governor", Scott said at the bill signing. "I believe teachers should teach".

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In the weeks leading up to the session's January start, sexual misconduct was a top topic of discussion after two senators resigned over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The Fifth Circuit, applying intermediate scrutiny in that case, ruled the government had indeed "satisfied its burden of showing a reasonable means-ends fit between the challenged federal laws and an important government interest".

Among other bills that died was a Corcoran priority to force cities and counties to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

She also would have liked a ban on assault-style rifles, like numerous students who traveled to the state Capitol to ask lawmakers to go even further to stop future mass shootings.

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