Florida lawmakers debate arming teachers

On Tuesday, Florida lawmakers debated legislation that would allow teachers to be armed in the classroom.

The bill is expanding the existing “Guardian” program, Senate Bill 7030.

Senators backing the bill said schools should have the option to choose if they want the guardian program or not.

“I want someone there to protect my eight grandchildren and their generation,” Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala. “They deserve to have someone ready.”

The bill would require teachers to undergo special training that deal with firearms and active shooters.

Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis is a fan of Bill 7030.

“If you’re somebody who’s working at a school and you’re somebody who’s trained and who has the ability to do it then you shouldn’t be precluded from carrying a firearm that could potentially deter people,” DeSantis recently told reporters.

The bill passed out of the education committee by two votes. Now, it goes on to the next committee for review.

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Brittany Jennings

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