Florida House Bill Lets Teachers Carry Guns, Raises Gun Purchase Age

The state Senate is advancing a similar bill.
Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 27, 2018

Florida lawmakers advanced a bill that would both let teachers carry guns at school and add certain restrictions to firearm purchases in the state. 

The bill's controversial "school marshal" program would allow teachers to carry a firearm after approval from the school district. They'd have to undergo mandatory training to have weapons in the classroom.

The bill would also raise the age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and institute a mandatory three-day waiting period for anyone to purchase any gun in Florida. 

Both Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio oppose the idea of arming teachers. President Donald Trump supports it.