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An amendment from Democrats was unexpectedly added to a sprawling bill that includes gun control, school safety and mental health measures created to prevent future mass shootings like the one February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and faculty dead.

"Our founding fathers weren't talking about hunting, and they weren't talking about protecting themselves from the thief down the street who might break in", said Republican Sen.

Senators voted 21-17 to defeat amendments to add the ban and moratorium to the bill.

Republicans have also rebuffed other Democratic amendments to completely ban assault weapons; allow for a registry of semiautomatic weapons; and to remove a program allowing trained teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.

In the all-day Senate session, lawmakers considered multiple measures aimed at reducing gun violence, including millions of dollars for school safety and improving mental health services, after the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed.

But, the marshal program puts legislators at odds with Gov. Rick Scott.

And most of their teachers wanted to quash the notion of armed educators in Florida schools.

On Saturday, the Florida senate took the extraordinary action of passing an AR-15 ban, following upon the deadly shooting in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

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In response to reports that law enforcement and school officials had numerous warning signs to flag troubling behavior by gunman Nikolas Cruz, Galvano said the legislation "empowers law enforcement" to seize and hold firearms for up to 24 hours for anyone who is being held under the Baker Act and longer if they obtain a risk protection order from the court. It would still be up to the school districts to decide whether to participate and sponsor teachers to undergo training.

"They are created to kill.?.?. modified for civilian use and then sold to the public with billions of dollars of profit", he said.

In one moment of drama, senators briefly approved and then rejected a two-year moratorium on the sale of AR-15 assault rifles.

During debate on the assault weapons ban amendment, Sen.

The fleeting prohibition came on an unrecorded voice vote, in which lawmakers shouted yea or nay, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, ruled that the amendment passed.

A quarter-hour later, that ruling was overturned by a roll call vote of 21-17.

The body then moved to other legislation on guns.

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