Capitol Report: House passes school-safety bill that doesn’t include gun-control measures

A man mourns next to the crosses and Stars of David placed in front of the fence of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to commemorate the victims of the mass shooting.

The House passed a bill Wednesday to beef up school security, acting a month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the measure in a 407-10 vote. The bill does not include gun-control measures, and Democrats called it a first step.

“It must be followed by a serious effort to pass legislation that expands background checks and bans military-style assault weapons,” said No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

It was the first major vote on a school-safety issue since the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla. The bill provides $50 million a year for training teachers, students and law enforcement on how to identify signs of potential violence. School-security measures such as metal detectors are also funded.

The Trump administration has announced its own plan to reduce gun violence that includes spending money on training school staffers to carry concealed weapons. It does not include President Donald Trump’s prior call to raise the age limit for buying certain guns.

The House bill now goes to the Senate for a vote.

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