FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill To Arm Teachers

UPDATE: Scott has signed the bill.

The Associated Press reports:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to meet Friday afternoon with families of the 17 people killed in a school shooting and sign a $400 million school safety bill with new gun controls opposed by the NRA and a plan to arm staff that teachers don’t want. State Rep. Jared Moskowitz — a Democrat who represents the South Florida district where the shooting happened — said in a text that Scott will sign the bill Friday. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said the same. “The community’s demanding action; they want something done,” Rubio said on CBS television. “I believe he’ll sign it today.”

The bill narrowly passed the House and Senate, and falls short of what he wanted and what survivors of the massacre demanded. Florida’s teachers union and the National Rifle Association are opposed. The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns and ban bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. In schools, it would create a “guardian” program enabling staff with law enforcement training and school district approval to carry concealed handguns on campus.