House Dems take caucus position against arming school staff - Florida Politics

House Dems take caucus position against arming school staff

The 41 Democrats of the Florida House unanimously voted Tuesday morning to take a caucus position against a proposed program that would arm school staff with guns.

Rep. Joe Geller of Aventura made the motion to do so, and on a voice vote the move was approved.

But when another motion was made to take a caucus position against SB 7026 as whole, Geller said it would be “premature” and that members should wait and see which of the 98 filed amendments are added to the bill.

The House will consider the $400 million gun and school safety package for the first time since the Senate debated the proposal at length.

The Senate narrowly passed a watered-down version of the bill, which now excludes most teachers from participating in a voluntary program that arms teachers and trains them to act in case of an active shooting situation.

The bill also bans the sale of “bump stocks,” raises the legal age to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21, and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of all firearms.

Ana covers politics and policy for Florida Politics. Before joining Florida Politics, she was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.
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