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Florida lawmakers discussing gun reform laws

Florida lawmakers discussing gun reform laws
Florida lawmakers discussing gun reform laws
Posted at 1:48 AM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 21:01:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - With more than one week remaining in the 2018 legislative session, school safety legislation drafted in the House and Senate is drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

The plans would require people to be 21 years old to purchase firearms, create a three-day waiting period when buying long guns, and increase funding for mental health.

The House and Senate bills also include a controversial school marshal component that would allow specially trained teachers who are deputized by local law enforcement agencies to bring guns to schools.

The legislation was put on hold by the House early Thursday.

The bill is opposed by the National Rifle Association as well as Democrats seeking stricter gun regulations.

The father of a student killed during the mass shooting in Parkland last month believes the House and Senate need to focus on Gov. Rick Scott's school safety plan.

The full Senate is expected to take up the bill Friday, with the House waiting until next week to debate what may be passed by the Senate.