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Parkland shooting survivors approached by Hollywood producers

Parkland shooting survivors approached by Hollywood producers Parkland shooting survivors approached by Hollywood producers
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 21:16

"We're told these students are fielding requests from a number of producers and executives for potential deals on a full-blown movie documentary, a TV documentary and a TV docuseries". They began with high hopes they might be able to wield some influence over gun safety legislation.

"People want to make this bill a Christmas tree, trying to decorate it with other legislative ornaments that look nice to their political base but stand no chance of passing this body or the House", Cornyn said on the Senate floor.

Lawmakers backed - by 20 votes to 18 - a three-day waiting period for any gun purchase and the raising of the legal purchase age to 21.

While Anthony remained hospitalized, the Broward County school board met Tuesday and denounced assault-style weapons like the one gunman Nikolas Cruz allegedly used to kill 17 students and teachers.

Petty cited a proposal from Gov. Rick Scott as "good movement" toward those goals.

Democrats had introduced the short-term ban as an amendment to a Republican-led bill on gun reforms, which includes strengthening background checks and measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

The Senate amended its bill to limit which teachers could volunteer to go through law enforcement training and carry guns in schools.

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The bill would change the language to "stipulate that no educational institution shall issue such written authorization to any teacher, professor, administrator, or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard". "Never again. Please ban assault weapons".

Stoneman Douglas survivors also had strongly opposed the marshal program, saying it puts more guns in schools - the opposite of what they want.

The bill would name the program for slain assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who has been hailed as a hero for shielding students during the school attack.

Meanwhile, House members spent almost three hours asking questions about legislation, which would put some restrictions on rifle sales, provide new mental health programs from schools and improve communication between school districts, law enforcement and state agencies.

But much of the debate Saturday revolved around gun control and whether people should have a right to own an assault rifle. "But I also want to do the right thing".

"We're going to stand with them", he said.

It will also require a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases and ban bump stocks which make it easier for a semi-automatic to function like an automatic rifle.