The bill would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to set up an alert system to be activated upon reporting an active shooter.
Democratic Representative from Orlando daisy morals announced plans to reintroduce legislation to create an active shooter warning system in Florida in response to the recent Shooting in the New York subway.
Morales introduced the legislation during the 2022 legislative session. The bill, HB 1271, would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to implement an alert system to be activated upon reporting an active shooter. The alert system would then notify residents within a 50-mile radius of the shooter’s location. The bill would also require the Florida Department of Transportation to establish a plan to provide relevant information to the public within a 50-mile radius using their existing dynamic message signs.
“We know that in active shooter situations, timely notification and response are critical to saving lives. This active shooter alert system creates a notification if there is an active shooter situation in an area of The idea with the alert system is to model it after emergency alerts used to notify people of abducted children (AMBER alerts), missing elderly people (silver alerts) or when members of the security forces order are seriously injured (blue alert),” Morales said in a statement.
Morales plans to meet with state law enforcement officials, the Association of Sheriffs and the Association of Chiefs of Police to refine the measure before the next legislative session.
The purpose of the legislation is to give law enforcement an important tool that could save lives in the event an active shooter is on the run – a situation recently seen in the NYC subway shooting. There, suspicious Frank James62, ohwriting fire and raging smoke bombs on a train full of morning commuters. He was not immediately caught, leading to a manhunt focused on midtown Manhattan.
The rampage left 10 people with gunshot wounds, all of whom are expected to survive.
Morales’ previous legislation never reached a committee hearing, but was assigned to three committees.