Fla. governor won’t say whether he’ll sign gun bill


Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Three weeks after the Parkland high-school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.

Now he must decide whether to sign it. Scott has not said what he will do, and he plans to take up the issue today with relatives of 17 people slain in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Lawmakers delivered the reform package Thursday. The governor has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns. It would also create a so-called guardian program enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law-enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.

Meanwhile, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released 12 minutes of radio transmissions from its deputies and neighboring Coral Springs police, along with recordings of 10 of the 81 calls its 911 center received during the Feb. 14 shooting.

The sheriff also released a written timeline laying out how radio calls correlated with what was seen on unreleased school security video.

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