After weighing the matter for two days, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a $400 million suite of legislative reforms to school security, mental health and gun-control measures — a direct response to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.
Scott announced his decision to sign the bill earlier Friday at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, where he was joined by victims’ families and surviving students from the Parkland school. Scott signed the bill later in the day.
The National Rifle Association pushed for Scott to reject the bill, but that lobby effort was overcome by supporters who say the legislation is a needed compromise. Hours after Scott signed the bill into law, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legislation.