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Florida lawmakers approve gun-control bill, pass it to governor to sign

Miami (USA) / The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow for more restrictions on gun sales following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a school in Parkland which left 17 people dead, and passed it to the Florida governor for his signature.

The bill seeks to raise the minimum age for the purchase of assault rifles from 18 to 21 years, increase gun safety in schools as well as allocate some $400 million for the implementation of the new measures.

In Washington DC, the Senate Democrats held a meeting with families of the victims of various mass shootings and gun violence at the Capitol on Wednesday.

The meeting under the theme “America Speaks Out: Protecting Our Children from Gun Violence” discussed ways to neutralize the National Rifle Association’s (NRA), the major pro-gun lobby in the US, influence over politicians.

The bill in Florida came three weeks after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, and marks the first gun-safety bill to reach a governor of Florida in the last 22 years.

However, in order to be fully ratified, it still needs the signature of Governor Rick Scott, who has yet to announce his decision on whether he will sign or veto the measures.

“When a bill gets to my desk, I’ll do what they don’t seem to be doing in Washington. I’m going to check it line by line,” the governor said.

Both the Florida House of Representatives and Senate approved the measure after listening to the survivors as well as the families of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland. It was the third mass shooting in Florida since June 2016, after the Orlando nightclub shooting left 49 dead and the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting left another 5 dead in Jan 2017.

The bill would also allow some teachers and classroom staff to carry guns and establish a three-day waiting period as well as a background-check procedure for firearm purchases.

On Feb. 27, Scott announced that $500 million would be allocated for the implementation of safety measures in schools, and disagreed with the idea of arming teachers, proposed by US President Donald Trump in response to the Parkland mass shooting.

The governor of Florida suggested that one police officer should be deployed in each school for every 1.000 students instead. (March 8, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que…
A
se ha aprobado un proyecto de ley en la Cámara Baja de Florida.
B
la Cámara Baja de Florida está debatiendo una ley sobre el control de armas.
C
la Cámara Baja ha vetado una propuesta de ley sobre el control de armas.
Question 2
Según el texto, esta ley…
A
tiene que ser aprobada por el gobernador de Florida para que entre en vigor.
B
ha sido aprobada por el gobernador de Florida.
C
no necesita la aprobación del gobernador de Florida para que entre en vigor.
Question 3
Con esa ley se quiere…
A
incrementar la venta de armas en Florida.
B
prohibir la venta de armas en todo el estado de Florida.
C
evitar que sucedan de nuevo tragedias como la de Parkland.
Question 4
Si el gobernador firma esa ley…
A
quien tenga 18 años podrá ya comprar un rifle de asalto en Florida.
B
quien no tenga 21 años no podrá comprar un rifle de asalto en Florida.
C
todo el mundo podrá comprar rifles de asalto en Florida.
Question 5
El gobernador dijo que estudiará el proyecto de ley con detalle.
A
Así es.
B
No se sabe.
C
Para nada.
Question 6
Los estudiantes de Parkland quieren que haya más control de las armas.
A
Es verdad.
B
Es mentira.
C
Nadie lo sabe.
Question 7
El gobernador Scott destinará millones de dólares a la seguridad en las escuelas.
A
¡Imposible saberlo!
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 8
Según el texto, el presidente Trump propuso…
A
prohibir el uso de armas en todo el estado de Florida.
B
que los profesores vayan armados a las escuelas.
C
controlar a los profesores para que no vayan armados a las escuelas.
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