Thursday, 8 March 2018

Florida House passes bill to allow teachers to be armed following Parkland school shooting

The Florida House passed a school safety bill Wednesday that includes new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers, sending the measure to the governor for his signature, Daily Mail reports.

The vote, 67-50, is a response to the shootings at a Parkland high school that left 17 dead, is supported by the victims' families.




The bill would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period on sales of the weapons. It would also create a so-called guardian program that would let school employees and many teachers carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and if the school district decides to participate in the program.

Other provisions would create new mental health programs for schools; establish an anonymous tip line where students and others could report threats to schools, ban bump stocks and improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.

The Florida Senate narrowly passed the bill Monday. Gov. Rick Scott declined to say Wednesday whether he would sign the legislation.

Scott has repeatedly said he doesn't support arming teachers and pushed lawmakers adopt his proposal, which called for at least one law enforcement officer in every school and one for every thousand students who attend a school.

'I'm going to take the time and I'm going to read the bill and I'm going to talk to families,' Scott told reporters.

The new legislation is also in support of President Donald Trump's proposal that well trained teachers should be armed, following the Parkland high school shooting.


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