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Florida Governor Signs Major Gun-Reform Law

10 March 2018

On Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz was formally indicted on murder charges over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb 14.

The Legislature did at the last minute agree to pass a bill created to battle the state's opioid epidemic.

The House and Senate were at a stalemate for hours over whether the bill should have dedicated funding for Vivitrol, an opioid antagonist that helps prevent heroin and opioid dependency. The last text was "Yo" from Cruz at 2:18 p.m. Survivors of the shooting spearheaded a new movement of gun law reform activism that has challenged the National Rifle Association's grip on the Republican party.

Florida's teacher union is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to veto $67 million that's been set aside for a contentious program that would allow the training and arming of some people who work at schools.

Final passage of the bill by state lawmakers came three weeks to the day after a gunman opened fire with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and three faculty members.

He said the bill, which was written since the shooting, balances "our individual rights with need for public safety".

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"Today should serve as an example to the entire country that government can and must move fast", Scott said in remarks before the signing, surrounded by survivors of the shooting and their families.

Earlier this week, Tyler Watson, a 20-year-old man from OR, sued Wal-Mart and Dick's Sporting Goods separately for age discrimination after the two retailers independently raised the age limit for gun purchases to 21 years old in response to the Parkland shooting.

- Raises the minimum legal age to purchase a rifle or shotgun to 21 from 18. It also allows some teachers to carry guns on campus.

A spokeswoman for Florida Governor Rick Scott said earlier this week that he had not yet decided whether to support the new measures.

"I still think law enforcement officers should be the ones who protect our schools", he said, adding that the provision on arming educators isn't mandatory and local officials would decide whether to implement it.

A source close to the case says Cruz's attorneys are doing that out of respect for the victims and to say they're not contesting Cruz's guilt.

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He said he's signing the legislation because it makes schools safer.

"I know the debate on all these issues will continue. And that's healthy in our democracy", Scott said. "This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves, and get it done", he said.

Broward County and Coral Springs were flooded with 911 calls as students, teachers and faculty at the high school in Parkland were under attack, according to the report.

"Obviously, this is what we've been fighting for". "They send out their thoughts and their prayers, and we appreciate that, but that's enough", said one student.

Scott acknowledged the baby step.

President Donald Trump congratulated Florida lawmakers, saying they "passed a lot of very good legislation". So we'll see where things go from here.

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Florida Governor Signs Major Gun-Reform Law