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Florida Senate passes bill for vetted classroom teachers to carry guns

Bill is now heading to the state house for final vote
Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 18:19:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that would allow some vetted, classroom teachers to carry guns.

The Senate passed a school bill Tuesday that, in part, would make all teachers eligible for the "guardian program" if they volunteer, undergo psychological evaluation, are trained by a sheriff's office and the school district gives approval.

Right now, only teachers that have a role outside the classroom, such as an athletic coach, can participate.

Those for the bill say this is another deterrent for those wanting to cause harm at schools.

"If they know that their teacher has some sort of protection then that would help completely deter. Just this bill passing alone might help deter as well," said parent Dylan Coley.

Opponents of the bill say guns do not belong in schools and should only be kept by law enforcement.

This bill is now heading to the state house for a final vote.

If passed it would then head to the governor's desk before signed into law.