The Florida Senate is advancing a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases in the wake of last month’s deadly school shooting.
The Senate on Saturday debated dozens of amendments to the100-page bill before it approves the legislation for a final vote on Monday.
During the almost 8-hour session, senators discussed the Republican-crafted bill which had some GOP opponents who argued against raising the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 or requiring a waiting period to buy the weapons.
Democrats, on the other hand, want to ban weapons such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle, which a gunman used to fatally shoot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
There were many Democratic senators who were also opposed to arming teachers.
The bill also aims to establish new mental health programs in schools, and improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.