Florida passes law allowing teachers to carry guns in classrooms

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs School Safety Bill, Which Includes Arming Teachers

Gov. DeSantis signs bill to arm more teachers in Florida

It also mandates greater reporting of school safety and student discipline incidents and a requirement that law enforcement officials be consulted about any threats.

Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday signed a bill that would arm teachers throughout the Sunshine State.

DeSantis signed the bill in private and issued no statement. Teachers wishing to carry a weapon will have to complete "at least 144 hours of police-style training, psychiatric evaluation and drug screening". "This was the most preventable school shooting that I've ever seen data on", Ryan Petty, a member of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, told media following the report's release.

The Orange, Seminole and Osceola School Districts originally opted to hire additional armed law enforcement personnel instead of allowing faculty and staff to carry on school grounds.

The Palm Beach County School Board passed a resolution in April 2018 that the school district would not allow teachers to be armed. Most of the commission recommendations take effect immediately, while expansion of a "guardian" program takes effect October 1.

The legislation would allow more teachers to carry guns on school campuses if local school boards agree. Under a previous law, passed immediately after the February 2018 Parkland shooting, only teachers who had another role at school, such as sports coach, were eligible to carry weapons on campus. According to the Sun Sentinel, 25 of Florida's 67 school districts already take part in the program. Democrats and the teachers' unions strongly objected, saying it made schools less safe.

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