Florida passes bill allowing more armed teachers
Bill comes after 17 slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow more classroom teachers to carry guns in school, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school.
The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it. The measure expands an existing school "guardian" program to allow any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if their local school district approves.
Teachers who want to carry guns would have to undergo police-style training and psychiatric evaluation. Under current law, only teachers who also have another role, such as sports coach, are eligible to carry weapons on campus.
The bill comes after 17 people were killed by a shooter with a rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.
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