Florida House Approves $67 Million To Train And Arm Teachers

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The Florida House Appropriations Committee approved a bill on Tuesday to institute measures to prevent future school shootings, including a $67 million program to train teachers to carry guns.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the Republican controlled committee voted along party lines to approve a “school marshal” program. The bill proposes having 10 teachers, in every school, trained to carry a gun.

The Florida Senate Appropriations Committee passed a similar bill on Tuesday.

Under the bill, the state would cover the cost of background checks, drug tests, psychological exams, and 132 hours of training, but does not address whether teachers would have to purchase guns themselves.

The bill also includes a provisions that requires a 3-day waiting period for gun purchases in the state, raises age requirement to buy a gun from 18 to 21, and allocates $400 million to improve school security.

President Trump has repeatedly proposes arming teachers to prevent future school shootings, even suggesting that teachers who agree to carry firearms should get a bonus. Trump has also proposed raising the age requirement to purchase a high-powered gun from 18 to 21.

Democrats and some Republicans including Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida) and Florida Governor Rick Scott, have come out against the idea of arming teachers.

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