ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – A gunman who set off smoke bombs and opened fire hurting 29 people in a New York City subway caught the attention of a Florida State Lawmaker.
State Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando) plans to reintroduce legislation to create an Active Shooter Alert System in Florida after the New York City subway shooting rampage, reinforcing her commitment to public safety, according to press release by Morales.
Morales’ release highlights statements by active shooter Frank James
According to news reports, the subway shooting suspect said in a video: “I’m 62 now: full of hate, full anger, full bitterness.”
During the 2022 Legislative Session, Representative Morales filed HB 1271 to require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to implement an alert system to be activated on the report of 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 for providing relevant information to the public within the 50-mile radius using their existing dynamic message signs.
This legislation will give law enforcement an important tool that could prove to be life-saving in the event of an active shooter is on the run. Delayed alerts in any active shooter situation would unnecessarily put Floridians’ lives in harm’s way.
“We know that in active shooter situations, notification and response times are critical to saving lives. This Active Shooter Alert System creates a notification if there is an active shooter situation in an area of Florida. The idea with the warning system is to model it after emergency alerts used to notify people of abducted children (AMBER Alerts), missing seniors (Silver Alerts) or when members of law enforcement are critically injured (Blue Alert), ” said Representative Daisy Morales.
Representative Morales plans to meet with state law enforcement officials, Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Chiefs Association in refining this life-saving legislation ahead of the next Legislative Session.
In March 2021, a man suspected of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area spas was headed to Florida “perhaps to carry out additional shootings” when he was arrested, Atlanta’s mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, citing investigators.
The 2023 Florida Legislative Session will run from March 7 through May 5, 2023.