RALEIGH, N.C. — In the wake of last month’s deadly Florida school shooting, Gov. Roy Cooper wants North Carolina lawmakers to pass gun regulations requiring background checks and permits for people looking to buy some semi-automatic rifles.

Cooper unveiled highlights of his proposals in an online post Wednesday, the same day young people walked out of schools in North Carolina and across the country to seek action on gun violence.

“Brave students are making their voices heard, and it’s clear they want action. I do too,” Cooper wrote. “We need smart changes to our laws that will help keep dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands.”

The Democratic governor wrote that purchases of assault-style weapons like the one used in the Florida shooting should be handled just like handgun purchases, which already require background checks and permits.

Cooper wants to raise the age to purchase such guns from 18 to 21 until the “federal government takes action to discontinue the sale of assault weapons to civilians.”

He also wants a legal process through which people can ask courts to take guns away temporarily from someone considered dangerous to others or themselves. “Bump stocks,” which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire, also should be barred if the federal government doesn’t follow through with it, Cooper said.

Cooper also called on legislators to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional residents, as he has done repeatedly. He said expansion would generate more mental health treatment dollars.

Whether his recommendations become law, however, will depend on the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

In recent years, lawmakers have authorized gun owners to bring lawfully-held concealed firearms into more places, including restaurants where alcohol is sold and public university campuses. But changes that would allow concealed handguns to be carried without a permit in certain places have stalled.

The House will hold the first meeting of a school safety study committee next week. House Speaker Tim Moore, who formed the committee, appears to be focusing on securing school buildings. He and Senate leader Phil Berger also support a law already in place allowing retired police officers to provide additional armed protection at schools.

Cooper says he’s asked the Department of Public Safety to tell law enforcement and school administrators to ensure that plans for rapid deployment training and school emergency response are in order, “but preparing for the worst and praying it never happens isn’t enough.”

Spokespeople for Moore and The gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina said it’s not surprised Cooper is calling for more “gun control” and accused him of “longstanding antipathy” toward the Second Amendment.

The group wrote that legal orders to take guns away from dangerous people typically deprive citizens of their constitutional right to due process.

Berger didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

“What Gov. Cooper should advocate is the creation of a multi-layer security system for schools, the last layer of which should feature armed volunteer faculty members” similar to a federal program allowing airline crew members to be armed, the group said in a release.

About 1,400 students wearing orange T-shirts gathered Wednesday on a hill at East Chapel Hill High School to read the names of the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 Florida high school shooting and call for changes to gun laws. Students who organized walkouts at four area high schools say in a written statement they want stronger background checks and an end to civilian use of weapons designed for war.

“Our legislatures have failed us in protecting students and the community in creating a safe environment,” student Max Poteat told the crowd. “We want our elected officials to know that we demand change.”

Associated Press writer Jonathan Drew in Chapel Hill contributed to this report.