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As Flordia Lawmakers Pass New Gun Control Laws, Shooting At Alabama School Kills 1 Student

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| March 8 , 2018 , 12:14 IST

Weeks after a school shooting massacre in Florida that led to the death of 17 people, the state passed new gun control laws on Wednesday, the same day when a school shooting in the Alabama state of US led to the death of 1 student.

At an Alabama high school, at the end of the school day on Wednesday, a 17-year-old girl student was killed and another 17-year-old male student was injured in a shooting incident, despite the school having metal detectors at its entrance. While authorities were able to determine that the shooter was not perpetrated by "someone from the outside", no arrests have been made.

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The shooting at Florida's Parkland high school on February 14 led to the death of 17 people, and the arrest of the accused, a former school student who had been expelled. Following the shooting, survivors and parents of the victims' protested outside the White House demanding stronger gun laws. US President Donald Trump, after meeting the protesters, instead suggested to arm the teachers to control school shootings.

The Florida lawmakers then on Wednesday passed a gun-safety bill, raising the legal age for buying rifles as well as imposing a 3-day waiting period on all firearm sales, and allowing the arming of some public school employees.

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The bill will automatically become a law within 15 days unless it is vetoed by Republican Governor Rick Scott. A spokesperson for the Governor said that he had not yet decided about supporting the bill.

However, the legislation passed by the Florida lawmakers leaves out one of the key demands of the protesting students/parents, namely a ban on assault-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland shooting. Supporters of the bill defended saying that most school shooting are carried out with the use of handguns.