Florida schools can arm teachers under new law

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

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would let school districts allow teachers to carry firearms in classrooms.

DeSantis signed the bill in private and issued no statement.

In order for teachers to carry on school campuses, their district must opt into the "Guardian program".

On March 24, 2018, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the scene of a mass shooting February 14, 2018, were joined by more than 800,000 people as they march in a nationwide protest demanding sensible gun control laws.

The law goes into effect October 1. "The Marjory Stoneman Douglas bill, people had disagreements on, but ultimately". They then go through police-like training with a sheriff's office and undergo a psychiatric evaluation and a background check.

As it stands, Florida law already requires schools to have at least one armed person on site, which is often a school law enforcement officer.

Under current law, only teachers who also have another role such as sports coach are eligible to carry weapons on campus.

Democrats spent hours arguing against the bill, saying it could lead to accidental shootings, or that a teacher could panic and fire during a confrontation with students.

A school board must vote "by a majority to implement a guardian program", giving them ultimate authority in the matter.

Broward County, where the Parkland shooting took place, has rejected the program.

The new law also includes other mandates, which have bipartisan support, including more reporting of school safety incidents, a risk assessment process that's standardized across the entire state for students deemed risky, and new policies pertaining to mental health.



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