PressTV-Florida lawmakers pass gun control bill

The Florida state legislature in the US has passed legislation that would impose new restrictions on gun sales and allow some teachers and staff to carry firearms in schools following last month’s high school massacre.

Florida lawmakers gave final passage to a $400 million gun control and school safety bill on Wednesday in defiance of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun lobby that opposes firearm restrictions.

The bill now goes to Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has 15 days to sign it into law.

The vote came three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland.

The legislation would raise the minimum age to purchase weapons from 18 to 21; impose a three-day waiting period on firearm purchases; allow local school districts to arm certain school personnel and fund school police officers and mental health counselors.

It would also ban so-called bump stocks,…

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