bill violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution with a provision raising the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21.
The measure Scott signed was part of a larger bill produced in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a gunman killed 17 students and teachers.
In addition to the age restriction, SB 7026 makes it a felony to possess a bump stock or similar device and mandates a three-day wait on most gun transfers with some exceptions.
The new law also creates new mental health programs for schools, and allows some trained school personnel to carry concealed handguns on school campuses.
A circuit court judge ruled on Monday for the release of surveillance video at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day of the shooting that claimed 17 lives. "Three shot in her room". In a statement Thursday, NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer called the bill "a display of bullying and coercion" that would violate Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding citizens.
Broward County teachers union President Anna Fusco said teachers supported the bill but not the provision allowing them to carry guns.
"I believe we have to recognize that we want to protect everybody's rights, but we also want to protect our kids and our grandkids at school", he said. "You're over 18, you serve in the military, you should be able to buy a gun", Bay County resident Clifton Williams said.
"I am glad, however, that the plan in this bill is not mandatory, which means it will be up to locally elected officials", Scott said.
Gun control supporters said the tragedy - the deadliest USA high school shooting ever - has given new momentum to firearms-safety measures pending in at least two dozen states, many in solidly conservative parts of the nation. "Florida hasn't passed any legislation like this in God knows how long".
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was killed, said more needs to be done, but there's enough good in the bill that it should pass. Among bills that passed during the first 60 days of session were measures to place tighter restrictions on opioid prescriptions, give consumers sales tax holidays for back-to-school items and hurricane supplies, ban marriage of anyone under age 17, replace a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with one of educator Mary McLeod Bethune and expand first responder workers compensation benefits to include treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. "It doesn't make sense that I have to wait until I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18".
Congress tried to respond after the 2012 massacre of young schoolchildren in CT with dozens of gun-safety bills, but the NRA stood in the way, blocking all of them. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had previously exhibited mental health issues, used a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle in the attack. "If I veto the funding for this program now, this funding can not be used for additional law enforcement officers this year".