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Florida Passes Gun Control Bill

by Countable | Updated on 3.9.18

What’s the story?

In response to the Parkland massacre that left 17 dead, Florida has passed new gun legislation: the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The bill:

  • Raises the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21.
  • Bans the sale and purchase of bump stocks.
  • Requires a three-day waiting period for most firearm purchases.
  • Provides $400 million for mental health services—including mobile crisis teams and school safety programs.
  • Enacts the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program which would allow teachers who don’t teach in classrooms to join a school marshal program and carry guns on campus. The amendment is named in honor of the coach who shielded students with his body during the Parkland shooting.

What do you think?

Do you support these measures? Do you want to see your state pass similar legislation? Or do you side with the NRA, which resists proposals to raise age limits and waiting periods? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Awilda
    03/10/2018
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    This bill did not go far enough. All assault weapons need to be outlawed period. I will not vote for anyone that is funded by NRA.

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  • Jeanne
    03/10/2018
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    FL RESIDENT HERE: I will take it as a good start in protecting the institution of public schools in Florida. Assuredly, we will demand more from our state politicians.

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  • Leon
    03/09/2018
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    A sad day for young adults- the ability to defend themselves is being removed for doing NOTHING wrong.

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  • Jacob
    03/10/2018
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    I’m tired of people thinking that freedom to guns is or should be unbridled. Every right in the BOR is regulated and with good cause. Students give up a host of free speech liberties once they walk into school doors. Your right to privacy is far from absolute. One is precluded from smoking crack as form of religious practice. I don’t think the right to own guns should go away. But, the lingering notion that there should be next to no regulation is incredibly antiquated and disappointing.

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  • Andy1
    03/09/2018
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    Hopefully just a first step. Lawmakers need to see that they have much more to fear from the rational population demanding change than from the comparatively small population of NRA terrorists

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  • NoHedges
    03/09/2018
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    Oregon passed gun control in response to the most recent school shooting. What Florida's republican leadership passed was more along the lines of NRA concessions. And it would appear, Florida's republicans are failing in passing sexual misconduct legislation as well.

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  • Cheri
    03/10/2018
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    I can’t understand for my life those who argue over their right to carry guns over public safety. It seems childish and utterly uncivilized. All civilized societies and countries have sensible gun legislation. Good for Florida. Now to ban the sales and ownership of weapons of war on the streets.

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  • Stacy
    03/10/2018
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    I support all of these measures except for the Guardian Program, which looks a lot like arming teachers. Arming teachers or having untrained civilians is a terrible idea!! If anything, you should increase the police presence in schools. I’m talking about actual cops not fake rent-a-cop-mall-security types which is what the Guardian Program sounds like.

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  • John.Nutt
    03/10/2018
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    I’m just going to rant here. To all those who call the NRA “terrorists” screw you. Not one mass shooter has been an NRA member nor a republican for that matter. The 2nd amendment is the most important amendment because it ensures that all the other amendments cannot be infringed since there is an armed citizenry ready and willing to defend their rights. And if you are stupid enough to think that a tyrannical government is a thing of the past wake up and smell the roses because in the 20th century big government was the second biggest killer only second to disease. Also in 2012 Venezuela took away private gun ownership and look at it now. People can’t even afford toilet paper or fight for their rights because only the government has the guns.

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  • Mart
    03/10/2018
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    It’s unconstitutional

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  • MinnesotaMom
    03/09/2018
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    When an active shooter is in a school having armed civilians & police prowling the halls seems like a recipe for tragedy. I'm sure there will be a plan to keep police from mistaking teachers for the shooter. Police mistake innocent citizens for armed criminals every day.

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  • Azrael
    03/10/2018
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    It’s a start Still not enough If one more child dies or is in fear, it’s not enough

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  • gailnabity
    03/10/2018
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    It’s a weak attempt. Pablum for the gun owners who will consistently argue the 2nd amendment was written in the event that the government creates more violent reactions to a government unsympathetic to the needs of everyone except the ultra rich. That we will rise in anarchy and hope to stage a coup. As if any army of private gun owners can win a conflict against the military. My fervent prayer is that Congress will ban large magazine weapons.

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  • Kim
    03/10/2018
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    this is a fantastic idea. we’re not asking to completely take away your right to a gun we just want some limits on them for the safety of everyone

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  • Robert
    03/10/2018
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    Misguided law. Hold the Feds, Sheriff, and school accountable for their failure.

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  • Marylynn
    03/10/2018
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    Can you believe that the NRA has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida for this new gun law. Please tell me how raising the age to purchase a gun to 21 is a violation of the 2nd & 14th Amendments? That's what the NRA is claiming. Not to mention the same bullshit line about punishing gun owners.

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  • Amy
    03/10/2018
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    It’s a start, but not enough. #banmagizines #banmilitarystyleweapons #enough #Istandwiththestudents

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  • Chester
    03/10/2018
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    This is completely unconstitutional! Shall not be Infringed! It will also do nothing to fix problem! The problem was and is Liberal Policies and until that is taken away nothing will change!

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  • Andrew
    03/10/2018
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    DUMP THE NRA!!!! FLORIDA IS DOING RIGHT AND I BELIEVE THE VOTERS IN FLORIDA, ALONG WITH MOST PARENTS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN, BOTH IN FLORIDA AND NATIONALLY, WILL SUPPORT YOU

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  • Ryan
    03/10/2018
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    Extensive scientific evidence shows that gun ownership is directly tied to higher rates of injury and death, and that gun regulations reduce the rates of injury and death. Raising the minimum age and banning bump stocks will reduce gun violence, but allowing anyone to carry more guns in schools in any capacity will only increase the risk for injuries. The idea that a “good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun” is great in theory, but it’s been proven wrong by the science.

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