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Florida Senate advances bill to increase school safety, restrict gun purchases

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The Florida Senate has agreed to advance a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases after a rare weekend session in the wake of last month's shooting at a high school that killed 17 people.

Legislators debated dozens of amendments to the 100-page bill Saturday before approving the measure for a Monday vote.

The Republican-controlled Senate rejected Democratic proposals to ban assault rifles and large-capacity magazines, along with a proposal to strip language from the bill to create a program to arm teachers.

Some GOP senators opposed it because they don't agree with raising the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21. 

Lawmakers are scrambling to take some kind of action before the annual session ends Friday. 

The House hasn't taken up its version of the bill.

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