Arming Teachers Bill Heads to Governor's Desk, and Why That's Good for Floridians

Jordan Kirkland - May 2nd, 2019

On Wednesday, House legislators voted 65-47 in favor of expanding the "guardian program," allowing teachers to carry guns on school campuses. The vote comes a week after the Senate voted in favor of the bill.

The bill (/), now on the governor's desk, is a response to the Parkland massacre that occurred last year when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing seventeen students and staff members and injuring seventeen others.

Under the current program, teachers are allowed to carry guns in school if they have a role outside the classroom. School districts have to approve the program and teachers have to volunteer and undergo training and psychological evaluations. The measure that has passed both chambers opens the program up to all teachers, regardless of what role they have at the school.

The measure would allow educators who want to carry a firearm on campus to complete rigorous training and pass a psychological test.

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