The House has approved a bill to improve school safety in the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement and help identify signs of potential violence before they occur.
The House approved the bill, 407-10.
The House just passed the STOP School Violence Act, a bipartisan bill I introduced w/ @RepRutherfordFL before the #MSD tragedy. This is a good bill, but won't solve our gun problem. Let's keep up the bipartisan momentum & pass meaningful gun safety bills. There's no time to waste pic.twitter.com/Wq2U2gdho5— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) March 14, 2018
The vote marks the first gun-related action by Congress since the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the bill "provides a multilayered approach" to identify threats so authorities can intervene before violence occurs.
Florida Rep. John Rutherford, a former Jacksonville sheriff, sponsored the bill, which now goes to the Senate.