Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to raise the age for purchasing a firearm in his state to 21 years of age Friday, but said there will be “exceptions for active duty and reserve military and spouses, National Guard members and law enforcement.”
“We will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 world are. Let me repeat — we will require all individuals punishing firearms to be 21 or older,” Scott said at a press conference. “There’ll be exceptions for active duty and reserve military and spouses. National guard members and law-enforcement.”
Scott also proposed new gun control measures for those accused of stalking or domestic violence.
“Next, we will prohibit a person from possessing or purchasing a firearm if there is stalking, cyber-stalking, dating violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, or domestic violence,” he said. “We will establish enhanced criminal penalties for threats to schools like social media threats of shootings or bombings. We will also enhance penalties if any person possesses or purchases a gun after they have been deemed by state law to not have access to a gun.”
Scott advocated for a complete ban on bump stocks in his speech and request an allocation of $450 million to enhance school safety. He also wants a law enforcement officer in every public school.
“We will completely ban the purchase or sale of bump stocks. The second part of my action plan provides $450 million to keep students safe. Today I am calling for a mandatory law-enforcement officer in every public school. These law enforcement officers must either be sworn sheriff deputies or police officers and be present during all hours students are on campus,” Scott said. “The size of the campus should be a factor in determining the size of staff levels. I’m proposing at least one law-enforcement officer for everyone thousand students. This must be implemented by the start of the 2018 school year.”
Scott said security is also a major factor and wants state funds to add bulletproof glass, steel doors, and metal detectors to all public school buildings.
“We are also increasing funding in the safe schools allocation for specific school safety needs within each school district. This includes school hardening measures like metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors, and upgraded locks,” Scott said. “The Florida Department of Education, with FDLE, will also provide minimum school safety and security standards by July 1st to all school districts.”
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