Amidst the outcry of sorrow after the brutal murders of 17 people at a Florida high school last week has been a very loud call for harsher gun laws and, specifically, a ban on “assault rifles.” Now the Florida House of Representatives has voted on a bill aimed at doing just that.
According to the Associated Press, the bill would ban “assault rifles” and “large capacity magazines.” The AP did not define what an “assault rifle” or “large capacity magazine” is, as those are not broadly accepted terms in the firearms world.
But the Florida House Tuesday afternoon voted against letting the bill move forward, effectively killing it. 71 legislators voted against it and 36 voted in favor of it.
Republicans are considering other gun restrictions like raising the legal age of purchasing firearms and allowing authorities to take guns away from people who “are deemed a threat to others.”
A Senate committee is also pushing forward a measure to put armed law enforcement officers into every one of the more than 4,000 public schools in the state. Currently, only about half of the public schools in Florida have a school resource officer assigned to them.
What do you think of this? In other news, police are describing the type of weapon used by a student who shot himself at an Ohio school on Tuesday and type of device he had in his backpack.