This past Tuesday (4/23), the full Florida Senate approved a bill to arm teachers despite a poll showing public opposition by 57 to 40 percent. If passed, this bill would reverse the Guardian Program instituted last year, which allowed guns for only non-instructional school employees. Teachers were exempted from the program. This reversal, to be sure, would put students in close contact with teachers armed with loaded guns. In the future, gun nuts could very well start pushing to require all teachers be armed – turning schools into armed camps. The public, teachers, and students certainly don’t want this.
👎 Senate Bill 7030 and companion HB 7093 would modify the Guardian Program to allow trained teachers to arm themselves with loaded guns.
—Tracking Progress: Bold indicates passed—
In the House—>In Committee—> —>Passed Chamber
In the Senate—>In Committee—>On Senate Floor—>Passed Chamber
After Passage—>On Governor’s Desk—>Governor Signed—>Becomes Law
The bill now moves to the Florida State House. Please call your State Representative to urge them to oppose HB 7093. Teachers should teach, not carry loaded guns.
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