TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers have a plan to keep kids safe at school: Allow teachers to pack heat.
The controversial proposal won the support of a Senate panel on Monday despite strong opposition from parent groups, school boards and the statewide teachers union.
I have to sadly admit I did not know this bill was being proposed. I missed it and mea culpa.
SB 968, HB 753 is pretty much what we have seen other states pass already: School District may allow a person or persons to carry on school property. Only an active or former member of the military or police can carry and a civilian that has a valid Florida Concealed Weapons Permit. All must go through training (including Active Shooter training)and the weapon must be carried concealed at all times while on school property.
About the only thing I don’t like is that the training must be offered by a Law Enforcement entity. Some big departments may have it ( the willingness to offer the active shooter class is another thing. The Chief LEO might tell people to go pound granular rock) but the smaller locales may not have it or even have gone through an active shooter class.
Anyway, good bill and I’ll take it. It passed the Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 5 to 2.