GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida told Insider he’s not part of the Senate’s gun negotiations.
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As governor, Rick Scott signed gun-control legislation three weeks after the Parkland school shooting.
As a senator, he isn’t participating in talks on gun-safety measures after the recent mass shootings.
“Democrats want to talk about gun control, I want to talk about school safety,” he said.
Sen. Rick Scott has a history of addressing gun violence as a governor after mass shootings in Florida. But as bipartisan groups of senators negotiate federal legislation, he isn’t in the room.
“My experience so far is the Democrats want to talk about gun control, I want to talk about school safety,” Scott, a Republican, told Insider. “So there’s a complete disconnect.”
The recent shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, are pushing Congress to try again to take action on a host of gun-safety measures. Legislation Scott signed as Florida’s governor after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is being held up as an example.
Three weeks after the shooting that killed 17 people in South Florida, Scott signed legislation that committed millions to increasing school safety and tightened gun laws. The legislation, which passed Florida’s majority-Republican House and Senate, allowed some teachers to be armed, but it also raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, imposed a three-day waiting period on gun purchases, and allowed weapons to be confiscated from those deemed a threat to themselves or others. That provision is known as a “red flag” law.
“I think the template from Florida is the right one, which is, do some significant mental health investment, some school safety money and some modest but impactful changes in gun laws,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat at the helm of Senate negotiations, said on CNN Sunday. “That’s the kind of package we’re putting together right now. That’s the kind of package I think can pass the Senate.”
House Democrats secured passage on Wednesday on a package of bills that would raise the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles to 21, limit access to high-capacity magazines, and ban bump stocks for civilian use. More limited bipartisan measures are under negotiation in the evenly-divided Senate, where anti-gun-control Republicans are likely to block more aggressive action.
Scott leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the main campaign arm for the Senate GOP. He told …read more
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