Gov. Scott signs school safety bill in wake of Parkland shooting

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced he has signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act.

Scott made the announcement from the capitol on Friday after talking with families of victims from the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14.

The bill, which provides new mental health programs for schools and provisions to keep guns away from people who show signs of mental illness or violent behavior, passed the state House by a 67-50 vote.

The legislation also includes a controversial provision, which would allow "dual role" teachers - teachers who have a role in the school outside of the classroom, such as a coach - or others with military or law enforcement background, to volunteer to carry a weapon on school campuses.

Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in Parkland, pushed for the controversial provision, which is named for coach Aaron Feis, who died charging the gunman.

“He almost got this guy, cause I know someone who saw it on video," Pollack said. "Just one second difference, this coach Feis could have grabbed this piece of garbage. He would have got him.”

The bill also imposes a three day wait on all gun purchases, not just handguns. It also raises the age for buying a rifle to 21.

The NRA opposed the new restrictions.

State Rep. Jared Moskowitz, who attended Stoneman Douglas High, says this legislation reverses a gun friendly trend.

“I think we are on the retreat now, of what has been a march of allowing more guns and more guns and more access in the state of Florida. That has not only stopped, it is in retreat,” Rep. Moskowitz said.

The bill also provides more than $100 million to make mental health services available at every school.

To view Governor Scott's "action plan," click here.

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