Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill backed by relatives of Parkland school shooting victims that restrict access to firearms and paves the way for some school staff to be armed.
Until yesterday, it was not clear if Scott would sign the measure which cleared the Florida legislature on Wednesday after three weeks of debate, during which emotions ran high.
The law raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21 — a move opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group — bans modification devices that make a semi-automatic weapon fully automatic and increases mental health funding.
It also includes a voluntary “guardian program” named after coach Aaron Feis, who was slain in the Parkland attack.
The measure is intended to “aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises” by allowing some school employees to be armed.
The program is mainly aimed at staff such as coaches and school personnel, with teachers eligible if they have military or law enforcement experience.