The legislation would raise the age from 18 to 21 and impose a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns.
"I will tell you at the onset that I think this journey is just beginning".
President Donald Trump recently got into some very hot water, when he commented on the right to due process, saying "take the guns first, go through due process second".
"I want to make a difference", said Moskowitz, a graduate of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were killed in a shooting on February 14. "But I also support the fact, that if this bill pass, we're doing more for the mental health of our students than we have ever done and that's commendable".
"Why now?" a choked-up Smith asked earlier in the day, wondering why lawmakers failed to act after the Pulse shooting. I'm not a gun expert.
As amended in the Senate bill, classroom teachers would be excluded from carrying guns to work unless they are part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, or are members of the United States military or former police officers.
Essig worries more guns on campus increases the chances of a student being hurt or killed by accident. "We are Cordova High School", students said.
Omaha Public Schools is "opposed to the arming of teachers to protect schools and children". Burmeister likens an armed teacher or administrator to an air marshal on a plane. "But I know there are things we can do to make it more hard and there are things we can do to mitigate".
The group auditioned to become one of just six high school bands from across the country who will perform Tuesday at the famed NY concert hall.
State legislators rejected an amendment to the bill Saturday that would have banned assault weapons, such as the AR-15 used in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last month. Rene Garcia (R-Miami), would create a program for school personnel to carry guns, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Only two Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the measure. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Friday.
Momentum has stalled for a bill that would have allowed human trafficking victims to sue hotels that do not take action and train their employees to prevent such atrocities.
Piccolo said the arming of teachers, contentious as it is, will likely remain in the bill as it moves through the House in part, because of strong support from Republicans.
The bills by Senate Republicans, introduced on Monday, would redefine school shooters as terrorists, require more active shooter drills at schools, and implement sophisticated scanner technology to detect any guns that someone might try to bring into a school.