On Saturday, the Florida Senate voted on various gun-related measures in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the end, a more gun rights agenda won against the much-pushed gun control proposals.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, multiple amendments to the overall bill submitted by state Democrats were voted down or were withdrawn due to no support.
- Allow teachers to be armed
- Ban the sale of bump stocks
Amendments failed to pass:
- Ban the sale of AR-15s for two years
- Ban the sale and possession of “assault weapons”
- Ban the sale and possession of “large-capacity” magazines
- Ban the unlicensed sale of firearms to buyers who are under 21 years old
The Senate is expected to vote on the full bill Monday.
The passing of pro-gun rights amendments was blasted by some of the vocal students who survived the shooting:
The @FLSenate has rejected the ban of AR-15’s, the weapon of choice used at my school to kill 17 souls. This breaks my heart, but we will NOT let this ruin our movement. This is for the kids. #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) March 3, 2018
— nikki (@nikta04) March 4, 2018
Florida is not disheartened by the pathetic choices made by our lawmakers. We’re simply excited to kick them out and save our own lives. We have more hope now than ever. We have a very clear understanding of who’s with us and who’s against us. #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 3, 2018