On what was Valentine's Day in the United States a gunman shot dead 17 people and injured more than a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs school safety bill into law. "Today should serve as an example to the entire country that government can and must move fast".
Flanked by family members of students who were killed during the mass shooting just over three weeks ago he said the bill, written since the shooting, balances "our individual rights with need for public safety".
In schools, it would create a "guardian" program enabling staff with law enforcement training and school district approval to carry concealed handguns on campus.
"I'm going to take the time and I'm going to read the bill and I'm going to talk to families", said Scott, who wouldn't say whether he'll sign it.
That practice took effect after a 1999 shooting at Columbine high school in Colorado, in which local deputies hung back and set up a perimeter around the school instead of entering and confronting the two shooters. Someone who wants to do the students harm would have easy access to them, Mosier said.
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The photos of those caught up in the shooting say it all; anxious parents waiting to hear if their child is still alive, distraught students processing the loss of friends and, perhaps most notably, President Donald Trump's unwavering countenance.
According to ABC News, the new piece of legislation will raise the age to purchase a gun to 21 from the previous age of 18 and also require a three-day waiting period for long guns.
An NRA lobbyist has called the bill "a display of bullying and coercion" that violates the Second Amendment and punishes law-abiding citizens. "If we want to prevent future atrocities, we must look for solutions that keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans", Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.
In the city of Hampton, the New Horizons Governor's School for Science and Technology also has an event posted on actionnetwork.org.
The objective of the National School Walkout is to "demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship", according to its website.
For some shooting survivors who demanded an assault weapons ban, the measure didn't go far enough. Many Republicans in both the House and the Senate supported that position and voted against the bill, but the bill passed on bipartisan votes in both chambers and majority of Republicans voted for it.
The bill, the first major gun-control state law in Florida in decades, narrowly passed the state Senate in a 20-to-18 vote on Monday before sailing through the House of Representatives on Wednesday in a 67-50 vote.
"It's a call to action for all of us and we're honored to be just a small part of it to support them - and hopefully give them all a much bigger megaphone", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I'm sure there are NRA members that agree with this bill, some that don't agree with this bill".