TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would let school districts allow teachers to carry firearms in classrooms.
DeSantis signed the bill in private and issued no statement. It was one of the more contentious bills of a legislative session that ended Saturday.
Among the recommendations is "removing the prohibition against classroom teachers serving as school guardians."
Teachers would not be required to carry guns, but those who volunteer would have to undergo firearms training, possess a valid concealed weapon permit and pass both psychological evaluation and drug test.
Under current law, only teachers who also have another role such as sports coach are eligible to carry weapons on campus.
School districts have the final word on whether they will let teachers carry firearms on campus.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was the chairman of the safety commission, formed after 17 people were killed in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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