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School-Shooting-ImageSchool shootings have been on the rise within the past several years. There is a huge debate as to where this rise in violence is coming from and what the proper solutions are to put a stop to it. Ideas on how to deal with gun violence in schools are appearing in legislatures throughout the 50 states in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Florida took the approach recently to issue a proposal to raise the age to buy a gun to 21 as well as to arm teachers. This proposal got preliminary consideration in the state House.

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California lawmakers proposed 10 new gun control bills that include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns, and cracking down on homemade “ghost guns.”

In the Florida legislature, the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” is on the Senate Appropriations Committee agenda. In addition to calling for more money for school safety, it would also change the age limit for purchasing a firearm and ban bump stocks. But based on Monday’s Senate vote against banning assault weapons and bump stocks, the bill’s fate is uncertain at best.

Meanwhile, the powerful Florida House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a sweeping proposal to tighten gun controls in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but it did not approve an amendment to ban assault weapons. The legislation did include a provision to raise the age to purchase a gun to 21.

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School Shooting Victim ImageThe committee also gave the green light to a controversial program to train and arm school teachers, despite pleas from relatives of those killed at high school who called the proposed “Marshal” program misguided and dangerous. Under the program, teachers would be trained to use firearms and carry them as concealed weapons in school.”

The state legislature of Illinois considered a series of proposals on Wednesday regarding gun control laws considering a requirement for gun dealers to be licensed to banning “military-style” assault weapons high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.

Rhode Island is the first since the Florida school shooting massacre to put a new policy in place that will allow relatives or police to request judges to temporarily strip gun rights from individuals that demonstrate warning signs of violence. This policy is known as the “red flag” policy. California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington already have a “red flag” law in effect with more than a dozen states that are considering posing a similar bill.

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