Florida Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns On Campus

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Florida Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns On Campus
School boards will still need to authorize allowing their educators to carry guns inside the classroom.
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Teachers in Florida will soon be allowed to carry guns inside the classroom.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows teachers to arm themselves on campus if their local school board gives the authorization.

As Newsy's previously reported, teachers who choose to participate would be required to undergo at least 144 hours of training and take drug tests and psychological evaluations.

The new law is an extension of another measure requiring an armed guard be stationed at every school. That piece of legislation was passed after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

That's located in Broward County, whose school board superintendent has already said it will not authorize its teachers to carry guns. 

Other school districts are interested in participating, though. A spokesman for the Speaker of the House previously told Reuters that employees in at least 40 of Florida's 67 counties planned to undergo the necessary training if DeSantis signed the bill. The law goes into effect Oct. 1.