Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that will allow more classroom teachers to carry guns in school, a response to last years mass shooting at a Parkland high school.
DeSantis signed the bill in private on Wednesday (May 8) and issued no statement. It was one of the more contentious bills of a legislative session that ended Saturday. The measure expands an existing school “guardian” program and allows any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if their local school district approves.
Volunteers must undergo police-style training and a psychiatric evaluation. Under current law, only teachers who also have another role such as sports coach are eligible to carry weapons on campus. The bill makes other changes to a school safety law enacted after 17 people were killed in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.