Nikolas Cruz withdraws guilty plea in connection with Parkland school shooting

Nikolas Cruz withdraws guilty plea in connection with Parkland school shooting

Kerry Wise
March 11, 2018

Scott's office said he was reviewing the lawsuit. "Today should serve as an example to the entire country that government can and must move fast".

During the legislative debate, the NRA tweeted: "Neither the 3-day waiting period on all rifles and shotguns, raising the age from 18 to 21 to buy any firearm, or the bump stock ban will have any effect on crime". But make no mistake: I'm a father, and I'm on a mission.

"This bill does that", he said.

The bill has been an important political consideration for Scott, who is facing term limits as governor and is widely expected to challenge Florida's Democratic US senator, Bill Nelson, in November's midterm election. "After multiple gun shots you would have to know where the shots were coming from", said the head of the Broward County Sheriff's Deputies Association Jeff Bell.

Student organizers issued a statement before the protest in which they criticized legislators for not doing enough to make them safe in schools.

According to Florida procedures, Finkelstein said he expects the judge to enter an automatic "not guilty" plea so that the criminal court process can begin.

"It's nowhere near what we want, but it's progress and uplifting to see".

The bill's narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition.

She and critics decried the lack of an assault weapons ban in the bill, though supporters noted that most school shootings in the U.S. are committed with handguns.

The Legislature delivered the bill to Scott on Thursday. "Do we have a perimeter set up right now and everyone cleared out of the school?"

The lawsuit names state Attorney General Pam Bondi and Rick Swearingen, commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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While standing with families of the victims from last month's shooting, Scott backed the bill as a way to prevent future massacres.

"This ban particularly infringes upon, and imposes and impermissible burden upon the Second Amendment rights of those NRA members...who are female", the suit said. "I'm sure there are NRA members that agree with this bill, some that don't agree with this bill".

The legislation also allows for the arming of public school personnel subject to specialist training, however, this would not include classroom teachers.

Scott, who said he is an NRA member and will continue to be one, said he is still "not persuaded" about the guardian program that will let districts authorize staff members to carry handguns if they complete law enforcement training.

The shooting has taken on a special significance in recent weeks for Wade, who has two children that go to school in Broward County. The indictment also included 17 counts of attempted murder.

Scott reiterated his stance against banning firearms, saying the goal was to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"We know we did the right thing", said Panthers executive Shawn Thornton, who helped arrange the Cup visit.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of the 17 killed, called on other states to follow Florida's lead.

Polls suggest voters in Florida want tougher restrictions than what's in the bill before Scott.

"The March is more of an outlet for our voices to be heard by the world, since this walkout is a private will just be to encourage our peers to join us in our call to action", Bradshaw said via Facebook Messenger.

"This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done".