Gov. Rick Scott signs school safety and gun access bill


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Gov. Rick Scott signed the school safety and gun access bill earlier today, making it the first bill he’s signed from this legislative session.

The bill, coined the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, was produced in response to the mass shooting at the Parkland high school on Feb. 14 that claimed 17 lives.

The measure raises the statewide minimum age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21 and requires a three-day waiting period for all purchases of rifles and other long guns, while also banning the sale of bump stocks, devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to operate as fully automatic weapons – what were used in the Las Vegas massacre in October.

The bill’s passage marks the first gun control measure passed in Florida in more than two decades and is part of an unprecedented $400 million school safety package, which will train qualified school district employees on how to handle a firearm.

Scott’s signature marks the first major break with the National Rifle Association since he was elected to office in 2010.