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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Arm More Teachers After Parkland Shooting

© AP Photo / Ed AndrieskiThis photo taken on Thursday, June 27, 2013, shows a rack of rifles at Firing-Line gun store in Aurora, Colo.
This photo taken on Thursday, June 27, 2013, shows a rack of rifles at Firing-Line gun store in Aurora, Colo. - Sputnik International
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday a bill that would allow more classroom teachers to carry guns in school, a response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school, AP reported.

According to AP, the measure expands an existing school "guardian" program and allows any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if their local school district approves.

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However, Volunteers must undergo police-style training and a psychiatric evaluation, according to AP. Under current legislation, only teachers who also have another role such as sports coach are eligible to carry weapons on campus.

Mohamed Noor, the former Minneapolis police officer waits to go through security at the Hennepin County Government Center Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Minneapolis in the fourth week of his trial. Noor is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and Australian-American who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. - Sputnik International
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On 14 February 2018, a gunman killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, one of the worst in a spate of school shootings in the United States.

The Trump administration has recommended that schools across the United States decide for themselves whether it would be a good idea to give teachers guns to prevent shootings, the Federal Commission on School Safety said in its report in December. The report also recommended that state and local districts take a look at hardening school infrastructure, and review the vulnerabilities and threats of specific schools, tailoring a separate approach for each facility.

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