After the Valentine’s day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many Florida politicians were pressured to push gun-control and ban “assault weapons”.
Well, it seems the Senate has just spoken. They voted to reject a gun ban and rather voted in favor of training and arming teachers to enhance school safety.
This move comes less than a week after Florida’s House Appropriations Committee rejected an “assault weapons” ban too.
The weapons ban legislation failed in the Senate with a vote count of 20-17. All 15 Democrat senators and two Republicans voted to support the ban, Reuters reports.
The Senate also voted down an amendment intended to prevent teachers from being trained and armed. This vote preserved the school marshal program that will allow school employees to volunteer to undergo training to carry a gun on K-12 campuses.
The Legislative Black Caucus strongly opposed arming teachers because they felt it would “lead to racial profiling against minority students.”