However, measures proposed to ban the sale of assault rifles create a registry for fireams, and allow comunities to impose tougher gun laws than the state were all voted out of the final bill on Saturday.
"There's nothing in our bill that says you're going to arm teachers", Simpson said, expressing frustration that the focus from opponents has distorted the concept.
Meanwhile, Democrats are demanding the purchase of weapons, including AR-15 assault-style rifle, to be prohibited. They have filed dozens of amendments that ban assault rifles and broaden background checks.
Rep. Jackie Toledo, a Tampa Republican who is the primary sponsor of the House bill, said that "despite all the other important issues that we are dealing with, we came together and worked together in a bipartisan fashion to save lives".
Despite the Senate inaction, the House voted 112-2 to approve legislation (HB 33) which would make Florida the nation's 44th state to allow primary enforcement of the texting ban, meaning police could immediately stop a motorist suspected of texting.
The sweeping bill includes provisions for "temporarily restricting firearm possession by a person who is undergoing a mental health crisis and when there is a threat of violence" as well as a number of safety measures aimed at Florida schools.
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The Senate was originally scheduled to wrap up discussion by 1 p.m., but extended the session to 9 p.m. The House version, referred to as the "marshal plan", would be mandatory and would require teachers who wish to carry concealed weapons at schools to be a certified law enforcement who would be under the direction of local sheriff's offices.
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The House also passed a bill lowering the age a person can hide carry from 21 to 18.
"If we had these measures in place, I would have not had to bury Alex", said Max Schachter, whose son, Alex, was among the 17 killed. The act also bans the sale of bump-fire stocks within the state. Several organizations, including the League of Women Voters, have urged Democrats to hold a hard line in support of a ban on assault weapons. "I think we're all internally conflicted".
The proposal is opposed by the gun lobby, which considers the increase in age for all gun purchases and the introduction of a three-day waiting period on all gun purchases an unfair assault on law-abiding gun owners. They also asked state lawmakers to provide funding to tear down and rebuild classrooms, and to create a memorial, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.