The Florida Senate voted to reject an “assault weapons” ban in the immediate aftermath of the deadly school shooting that shocked the nation earlier this month, striking down the proposal while defeating further legislation that aimed to block teachers from carrying firearms on school property.
In a vote largely split down party lines, the lawmakers defeated the “assault weapon proposal” 20-17, reports Yahoo News. Similarly, another amendment that sought to remove a provision to “train and arm” specific teachers throughout the state also failed.
The full legislation, titled the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, is expected to pass the Florida Senate this week; aiming to promote school safety and crackdown on individuals with mental health issues from obtaining firearms.
Major features of the legislations include raising the minimum age of purchasing a weapon to 21 throughout the state, banning bump stock modifications, and increasing funding for schools to focus on mental health by $400 million.
The bill seeks to promote school safety for teachers and students in the wake of 19-year old Nikolas Cruz’ devastating assault on a Parkland, Florida high school; killing seventeen people and injuring scores more.