Staff Writer cityXtra Magazine
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a measure imposing new restrictions on gun purchases in the state, after a deadly shooting at a South Florida high school last month.
The bill, passed this week with bipartisan support, raises the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21, and imposes a three-day waiting period for most purchases of long guns.
The measure also allows certain trained school employees to carry concealed handguns on school campuses, and creates new mental health programs for schools.
In signing the legislation, Scott defied intense opposition from the National Rifle Association. The Florida governor has received an "A" rating from the powerful gun rights group.
The legislation came in response to a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last month that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.
That shooting reignited an intense national debate over gun control and mental health, and put pressure on lawmakers allied with the NRA to buck the organization.