Florida law allowing some school teachers to carry guns on campus goes into effect

Florida law allowing some school teachers to carry guns on campus goes into effect
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A law in Florida that allows some school teachers to carry firearms on campus went into effect on Tuesday.

The law was hotly debated but was passed by the state legislature earlier this year and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE (R) in May, according to The New York Times. It came in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. 

The law gives Florida school districts the ability to opt in to the Guardian Program that allows schools to arm teachers and staff or security guards.

The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program was named after a Marjory Stoneman Douglas staff member who helped protect students during the shooting.

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The program requires "Guardians" to pass drug and psychological screenings and complete at least 144 hours of training, according to the Florida Department of Education. "Guardians" who sign up for the program receive a $500 stipend.

To date, 39 of Florida’s 67 counties have opted in to the program, including Broward County, where Marjory Stoneman Douglas is located.