Florida lawmakers take up school-safety bill in rare session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —
The Senate started at 10 a.m. Saturday to debate a 100-page bill. Among other things, the bill would raise the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period to buy the weapons.

Lawmakers debated dozens of amendments, including a complete ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

The Senate was originally scheduled to wrap up discussion by 1 p.m., but extended the rare Saturday session to 9 p.m.

The final vote on the bill won't happen until Monday.

The bill is in response to the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Police say the shooter used an AR-15 assault-style rifle.