A proposal that would have allowed applicants to get concealed weapons permits if Florida officials didn't complete background checks in time was been postponed Thursday, and the powerful Senate budget chairman said it's not coming back this session.
"We're not hearing that gun bill the rest of session," said Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, who said he was "at a loss" and "devastated" over the shooting at a Broward County high school, which left 17 people dead.
"I will tell you right now, I'm looking for solutions," he said. "And I'm not looking to spend the rest of the time of session talking about gun bills unless it deals with making sure that an individual who's mentally ill and 19 years old doesn't get it."
"While the shooter would not have even been eligible for a concealed weapon license and clearly had a troubled past that indicated serious mental health issues, the focus should now be on mental health and how we protect our children.
"All of us have an obligation to notify authorities when we see the behavior that this killer exhibited online and in school."