Florida Lawmakers File Anti-Gun Violence Legislation

Florida Lawmakers File Anti-Gun Violence Legislation

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Bold-lettered signs that read, “Stand up to the NRA”, “No NRA Money” and “Disarm Hate” floated above a crowd of Democratic legislators on the capitol’s fourth-floor rotunda on Tuesday. In a gun violence prevention press conference, freshman legislators unveiled proposed gun legislation for the upcoming session. It was organized in part by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. With a Republican majority in both chambers and a Republican governor, Democrats were facing long odds winning legislative approval for gun legislation. The sheer volume of their proposals – with at least 13 bills so far – indicated a Democratic strategy of asking for significant measures and negotiating backward. Proposed bills included universal criminal background checks for all gun purchases, creating flexibility for the Guardian program and forcing perpetrators of domestic violence to surrender their guns. House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee said he supports flexible funding for the Guardian program, which allows non-instructional school personnel to be armed in case of an active shooter. Individual school districts should have the ability to design a safety program that works best for them, he said. Still, McGhee remained adamant that teachers should not be added to the list of people who can be armed under the Guardian program. “I am 100 percent against arming teachers,” McGhee said. Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Hialeah, who sponsored the bill that created the Guardian program, declined to comment. After the conference, Senate President Bill Galvano released a statement saying the […]

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