Florida lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that adds the first notable gun restrictions in the firearm-friendly state in decades, three weeks after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
The measure passed after lengthy, emotional debate in the state House and Senate. Lawmakers faced intense pressure to act from Republican Gov. Rick Scott and family members of those killed in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.
On Tuesday, family members of all the shooting victims sent a letter to House members urging them to pass the bill. “This issue cannot wait,” they wrote. “We demand action by the entire Florida Legislature to keep our schools safe.
The 67-to-50 vote Wednesday in the House came as the legislative session nears its end on Friday and two days after the state Senate narrowly passed the bill in a 20-to-18 vote. Support came mostly from Republicans, who control both the House and Senate, but also some Democrats. The measure now goes to Mr. Scott, who backs some of its provisions and opposes others, for his signature…MiamiTight.com