This past week, more than 60 Republican lawmakers who have “A” ratings from the NRA voted to pass a school safety bill in Florida. The bill raises the minimum age to purchase a rifle to 21, implements a waiting period for gun purchases, delays sales until background checks are finished, and bans bump stocks from being sold.
The Trace reports that a whopping 67 Republican lawmakers with “A” ratings from the NRA backed the bill even though the NRA opposes the contents of the bill. In the state Senate, six of the 23 Republicans opposed the bill, and three of the 15 Democrats were in favor of the bill. In the House, 19 Republicans were against and 57 were for the bill, while 31 Democrats were against and 10 were for the bill.
The final vote in the House came in at 67-50 and the Senate at 20-18. Gov. Rick Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill into law this week.
The introduction of the bill comes on the heels of the tragic high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 innocent students and faculty members dead.
“This is a time for us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done,” Scott said.