Florida Senate Holding Rare Saturday Session for Gun Bill

The Florida Senate will sit for a rare Saturday session to take up gun safety legislation.

Senate President Joe Negron sent a memo out Friday morning informing Senators of the schedule change.

"For your planning purposes, the Senate will convene on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing Senate Bill 7026,” the memo read, in part.

The bill is entitled "The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act."

Both chambers, the full House and Senate, had planned on starting debate Friday. The House was first to postpone the item midweek. The Senate followed suit Friday morning.

Lawmakers from both parties are trying to come to terms on the measure. The proposal would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and creates a three-day waiting period for all gun purchases. The bill would also create a program that allows teachers who receive law enforcement training and are deputized by the local sheriff's office to carry concealed weapons in the classroom if also approved by the school district.

The plan is for the Senate to vote on the item Monday. If it passes, the measure heads to the full House for consideration.

Lawmakers must move on the item by the end of session, next Friday.

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