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Florida Governor Signs ‘School Safety’ Bill That Could Arm Teachers

March 09, 2018  | 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into state law new gun restrictions ─ and a provision that allows teachers to arm themselves ─ crafted in response to the February killing of 17 people at a suburban high school.

The measure — dubbed the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" — raises the age to buy all firearms to 21, imposes a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases, allows trained school workers to carry handguns, provides new mental health programs for schools, and restricts access to guns from people who show signs of mental illness or violence.

Scott announced his support of the bill at a news conference with relatives of the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland. He praised them, along with student survivors, for pressing lawmakers to improve school safety and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, reports NBC News.

The Florida state legislature passed the bill this week.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 3/10/2018 12:51 PM

With the proper training and mindset the arming of certain teachers sounds like a step in the right direction. As far as raising the age limit 3 years what difference ids that going to make that the mind automatically changes course on the 21st birthday? Sounds like a "feel good" worm on a fishhook thrown to the leftists.

Mickey @ 3/12/2018 1:04 AM

I got 40 hours of firearms training at the academy. I don't get yearly retaining, I get re-qualified. X # of bullets out of X # of bullets on a paper target once a year. The Florida bill requires 144 hours of training for teachers who wish to carry a firearm. Remove the 12 hours of "diversity training" and that's still 132 hours. That means these teachers would be over 3 times more qualified than me to carry a gun, and yet people still have a problem with it.

Trigger @ 3/12/2018 8:15 AM

Gov. Scott and the legislature have their minds, I agree with arming teachers however changing the age to purchase is political bs. Again the root cause of the problem was not addressed. This only penalizes the law abiding citizens, it is simply amazing that the millions of law abiding firearm owners never killed anyone but yet a handful of idiot behavior are causing politicians to gut the 2nd Amendment....sad

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