In a historic decision, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill known as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” today. This bill will cause major reforms in Florida’s gun control procedures and overhaul mental health and school safety.
The bill barely made it through the Senate with a vote of 20-18 and passed after a third reading in the House today.
Under this Bill, school employees would be allowed to be armed under a Marshal Program renamed as the “Aaron Feis Guardian Program.” Aaron Feis was the Football Coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who lost his life protecting students from gunfire. The program passed through the house with a vote of 41 to 71.
The bill excludes teachers from the program but allows employees like coaches, administrative staff, and kitchen staff to participate if they are eligible.
Local sheriff’s offices have the option to opt-in to the program and choose people from the school to participate. A participant will have to complete 132 hours of training and pass a psychological test to be eligible to be a “School Guardian.”
The bill will also put procedures in place to prevent the sale or remove guns from those with mental illness. It will give authorities the ability to temporarily remove firearms from those who pose a threat to themselves or others.
Other elements of Senate Bill 7026 include: Raising the legal age to purchase a firearm to 21, banning bump-stocks, Increase the amount of school resource officers, increase funding for mental health programs and increased security features like metal detectors.
Read the full bill here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/07026
Summary of the bill: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/PressReleases/Show/2877