Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
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Florida senate approves AR-15 ban for 15 minutes before rescinding it

Florida senate approves AR-15 ban for 15 minutes before rescinding it

Debate on a school safety plan was pushed back a day in the Senate and members will now meet in a rare Saturday session to begin discussing the chamber's legislation meant to prevent another Parkland school shooting from happening again in Florida.

They eventually approved the legislation for a final vote on Monday.

Senators voted 21-17 to defeat amendments to add the ban and moratorium to the bill.

The Florida Senate will now take up a wide-ranging school safety package Saturday instead of Friday.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has been lobbying lawmakers to pass his plan to assign at least one law-enforcement officer for every 1,000 students at a school.

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, has pushed a bill to enhance criminal background checks, a bill requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to tell states when someone fails a background check, a program for intervening when children are potential threats, and some form of temporary gun-violence restraining order. Sen. Also, FBI crime statistics show that individuals are twenty-four times more likely to be murder by a criminal with a handgun than with all rifles combined, including so-called semi-automatic "assault rifles" like the AR-15. The $400 million package includes $18.3 million for mobile crisis teams working with the Department of Children and Families and the schools; $500,000 for mental health first aid training; and $69 million for mental health assistance to school districts. If someone is deemed a "significant risk or threat", a court can also issue a search warrant for firearms.

"I want us to do today what the kids asked us to do when 10,000 of them came up here on the steps of the capitol and asked us", she said.

"They are created to kill.?.?. modified for civilian use and then sold to the public with billions of dollars of profit", he said.

The amendment would have placed a two-year moratorium on the sale of AR-15 assault-style rifles, the weapon used in the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz. "Never again. Please ban assault weapons". According to the Tampa Bay Times, a two-year moratorium on AR-15 sales was passed by voice vote. It was swiftly reconsidered and overturned by a more formal roll call vote of 21-17.

The body then moved to other legislation on guns.

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