A little more than a year ago, the idea of allowing armed teachers in classrooms nearly scuttled school-safety legislation hurriedly crafted in the wake of the horrific mass shooting at a Parkland high school that left 17 students and staff members dead.
Most teachers and school boards do not want to arm classroom teachers. Yet Republican lawmakers want the third-grade teacher or the history teacher to be able to carry a gun.
Robert Schentrup stood outside the Capitol building, joined by hundreds of young activists from across the state, in support of a long-shot effort to convince Florida’s gun-friendly state Legislature to reverse its course.
Florida may have become the unlikely launchpad for modern gun-safety activism in the wake of one of the country’s worst school shootings, but the Sunshine State is quickly returning to its Gunshine State roots.
The Sarasota School Board voted 3 to 2 Tuesday night not to participate in a pending expansion of the state’s Guardian Program, which would allow teachers to carry guns
Gun safety advocates presented boxes of petitions signed by more than 8,000 Floridians to state leaders on Monday to show support for legislation that would require criminal background checks in all gun sales.
There’s zero momentum behind a legislative push to shift the state’s concealed firearms licensing program to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
About 20 people took a two-hour bus ride with the Gainesville chapter of March For Our Lives to Tallahassee to participate in a Day of Action, which included a rally, press conference and demonstration to oppose Senate Bill 7030 and House Bill 7093.
Authorizes religious institution to allow concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry firearm on property of institution for certain purposes.
Exempting certain licensed medical professionals from specified provisions concerning the carrying of firearms; requiring certain policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies; providing immunities and privileges for such professionals, etc.
Removes provisions authorizing seizure of firearms from persons in certain circumstances, prohibition on firearms ownership or possession until removal of firearm possession & firearm ownership disability, prohibition on persons younger than 21 years of age from purchasing firearms, certain exemptions from firearms purchase waiting period, ban on bump-fire stock, & statute authorizing risk protection orders.
Prohibits posting or publishing picture of firearm, BB gun, air or gas-operated gun, or device displayed to resemble firearm to social media by minor; authorizes court to require certain adults to participate in parenting classes; provides for community service programs for violations; requires seizure of firearms; prohibits storing firearm in such way that a minor obtains access to it without permission & posts picture of it on social media.
Revises prohibition on sale or transfer of firearms to persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses; prohibits persons convicted of misdemeanor offense of domestic violence from possessing firearm or ammunition; requires persons convicted of misdemeanor offenses of domestic violence to surrender all firearms & ammunition; provides requirements for law enforcement officers carrying out court order & taking possession of firearms & ammunition; requires all law enforcement agencies to develop certain policies & procedures; authorizes defendant to elect to transfer all firearms & ammunitions that he or she owns to another person; provides criminal penalties.
Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines; Prohibits sale, transfers, or possession of assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine; provides exceptions; requires certificates of possession for assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines lawfully possessed before specified date; provides conditions for continued possession of such weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines; requires certificates of transfer for transfers of assault weapons or large-capacity magazines; provides for relinquishment of assault weapons or large-capacity magazines; provides requirements for transportation of assault weapons; provides enhanced criminal penalties for certain offenses when committed with assault weapon or large-capacity magazine.
An act relating to concealed weapons and firearms; amending s. 790.06, F.S.; prohibiting a concealed weapon or firearm licensee from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into any child care facility; providing an effective date.