Florida approves “poison pill” gun control bill

Mar 08, 2018, 6:23 AM EST
(Source: Lorie Shaull/flickr)
(Source: Lorie Shaull/flickr)

Florida’s House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a new legislation that raises the minimum age for buying gun from 18 to 21 and allows some staff and teachers to carry firearms in schools.

The bill that evolved through a 10-day period of extensive debate in the Republican-controlled House, fell short of meeting some of the demands put forth by activists, including a blanket ban on assault weapons, writes The New York Times.

State Democratic Party legislators likened the provision of allowing more guns on the school premises to a “poison pill,” adding that the bill is necessary to combat future acts of school violence, notes the BBC.